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All That Is Solid Melts Into Air


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"A bubbling caldron of ideas . . . Enlightening and valuable." —Mervyn Jones, New Statesman.

The political and social revolutions of the nineteenth century, the pivotal writings of Goethe, Marx, Dostoevsky, and others, and the creation of new environments to replace the old—all have thrust us into a modern world of contradictions and ambiguities. In this fascinating book, Marshall Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and cultures, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical idealism and a complex, bureaucratic materialism.

From a reinterpretation of Karl Marx to an incisive consideration of the impact of Robert Moses on modern urban living, Berman charts the progress of the twentieth-century experience. He concludes that adaptation to continual flux is possible and that therein lies our hope for achieving a truly modern society.

Table of Contents

All That Is Solid Melts into Air Preface to the Penguin Edition: The Broad and Open Way


Introduction: Modernity - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow I. Goethe's Faust: The Tragedy of Development

First Metamorphosis: The Dreamer

Second Metamorphosis: The Lover

Third Metamorphosis: The Developer

Epilogue: The Faustian and Pseudo-Faustian Age

II. All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: Marx, Modernism and Modernization

1. The Melting Vision and Its Dialectic

2. Innovative Self-Destruction

3. Nakedness: The Unaccommodated Man

4. The Metamorphosis of Values

5. The Loss of a Halo

Conclusion: Culture and the Contradictions of Capitalism

III. Baudelaire: Modernism in the Streets

1. Pastoral and Counter-Pastoral Modernism

2. The Heroism of Modern Life

3. The Family of Eyes

4. The Mire of the Macadam

5. The Twentieth Century: The Halo and the Highway

IV. Petersbur: The Modernism of Underdevelopment

1. The Real and Unreal City

"Geometry Has Appeared": The City in the Swamps

Pushkin's "Bronze Horseman": The Clerk and the Tsar

Petersburg Under Nicholas I: Palace vs. Prospect

Gogol: The Real and Surreal Street

Words and Shoes: The Young Dostoevsky

2. The 1860s: The New Man in the Street

Chernyshevsky: The Street as Frontier

The Underground Man in the Street

Petersburg vs. Paris: Two Modes of Modernism in the Streets

The Political Prospect

Afterword: The Crystal Palce, Fact, and Symbol

3. The Twentieth Century: The City Rises, the City Fades

1905: More Light, More Shadows

Biely's Petersburg: The Shadow Passport

Mandelstam: The Blessed Word with No Meaning

Conclusion: The Petersburg Prospect

V. In the Forest of Symbols: Some Notes on Modernism in New York

1. Robert Moses: The Expressway World

2. The 1960s: A Shout in the Street

3. The 1970s: Bringing It All Back Home



Product Details

Berman, Marshall
Penguin Books
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Civilization, Modern
Modern - 20th Century
20th century
19th century
Civilization, Modern -- 19th century.
Civilization, Modern -- 20th century.
World History-1650 to Present
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
Vol. 28
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.66x5.10x.69 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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