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Five faces of modernity : modernism, avant-garde, decadence, kitsch, postmodernism

Author: Matei Călinescu
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 1987.
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Călinescu, Matei.
Five faces of modernity.
Durham : Duke University Press, 1987
(OCoLC)624470856
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matei Călinescu
ISBN: 082230726X 9780822307266 0822307677 9780822307679
OCLC Number: 15197858
Notes: Revised edition of: Faces of modernity / Matei Calinescu. c1977.
Description: xii, 395 pages ; 22 cm
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Responsibility: by Matei Calinescu.
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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.

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