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Modernism : the lure of heresy : from Baudelaire to Beckett and beyond

Author: Peter Gay
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2008. ©2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st editionView all editions and formats
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Historian Gay explores the modernist rebellion that, beginning in the 1840s, transformed art, literature, music, and film with its assault on traditional forms. Beginning his epic study with Baudelaire, whose lurid poetry scandalized French stalwarts, Gay traces the revolutionary path of modernism from its Parisian origins to its emergence as the dominant cultural movement in world capitals such as Berlin and New  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Gay
ISBN: 9780393052053 0393052052 9780393333961 0393333965
OCLC Number: 147986311
Description: xxii, 610 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: A climate for modernism --
Professional outsiders --
Irreconcilables and impresarios --
Painting and sculpture : the madness of the unexpected --
Prose and poetry : intermittences of the heart --
Music and dance : the liberation of sound --
Architecture and design : machinery, a new factor in human affairs --
Drama and movies : the human element --
Eccentrics and barbarians --
Life after death? --
Coda : And Gehry at Bilbao.
Responsibility: Peter Gay.
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Historian Gay explores the modernist rebellion that, beginning in the 1840s, transformed art, literature, music, and film with its assault on traditional forms. Beginning his epic study with Baudelaire, whose lurid poetry scandalized French stalwarts, Gay traces the revolutionary path of modernism from its Parisian origins to its emergence as the dominant cultural movement in world capitals such as Berlin and New York. This book presents a pageant of heretics that includes (among others) Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso, and D.W. Griffith; James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and T.S. Eliot; Walter Gropius, Arnold Schoenberg, and (of course!) Andy Warhol. Finally, Gay examines the hostility of totalitarian regimes to modernist freedom and the role of Pop Art in sounding the death knell of a movement that dominated Western culture for 120 years.--From publisher description.

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