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Five Faces of Modernity

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Five Faces of Modernity is a series of semantic and cultural biographies of words that have taken on special significance in the last century and a half or so: modernity, avant-garde, decadence, kitsch, and postmodernism. The concept of modernity—the notion that we, the living, are different and somehow superior to our predecessors and that our civilization is likely to be succeeded by one even superior to ours—is a relatively recent Western invention and one whose time may already have passed, if we believe its postmodern challengers. Calinescu documents the rise of cultural modernity and, in tracing the shifting senses of the five terms under scrutiny, illustrates the intricate value judgments, conflicting orientations, and intellectual paradoxes to which it has given rise.

Five Faces of Modernity attempts to do for the foundations of the modernist critical lexicon what earlier terminological studies have done for such complex categories as classicism, baroque, romanticism, realism, or symbolism and thereby fill a gap in literary scholarship. On another, more ambitious level, Calinescu deals at length with the larger issues, dilemmas, ideological tensions, and perplexities brought about by the assertion of modernity.

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The author discusses with remarkable insight and subtlety the complex relationships among concepts which are commonly used but rarely precisely defined...in doing so, he makes a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship and criticism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822307679
Author:
Calinescu, Matei
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Calinescu
Location:
Durham, NC
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Art history
Subject:
Modernism (Art)
Subject:
Avant-garde (aesthetics)
Subject:
Modernism
Subject:
Modernism (Aesthetics)
Subject:
Decadence in literature
Subject:
Kitsch
Subject:
Avant-garde
Subject:
Philosophy-Aesthetics
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
[No. 102]
Publication Date:
19870631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
422
Dimensions:
8.24x5.58x1.17 in. 1.28 lbs.

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