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Spirals : the whirled image in twentieth-century literature and art

Author: Nico Israel
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Modernist latitudes.
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In this elegantly written and beautifully illustrated book, Nico Israel reveals how spirals are at the heart of the most significant literature and visual art of the 20th century. Juxtaposing the work of influential writers and artists, he argues that spirals provide a crucial frame for understanding the mutual involvement of modernity, history, and geopolitics, complicating the spatio-temporal logic of literary and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Israel, Nico.
Spirals.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
(DLC) 2014028478
(OCoLC)880565867
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nico Israel
ISBN: 9780231526685 0231526687
OCLC Number: 903245709
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: On spirals --
Definitions: a brief history of spirals (and a way of reading spirally) --
Entering the whirlpool: pataphysics, futurism, vorticism --
Twinned towers: Yeats, Tatlin, and the unfashionable performance of internationalism --
L'Habite en spirale: Duchamp, Joyce, and the ineluctable visibility of entropy --
At the end of the jetty: Beckett . . . Smithson. recoil . . . return --
In conclusion: The spiral and the grid.
Series Title: Modernist latitudes.
Responsibility: Nico Israel.

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In this elegantly written and beautifully illustrated book, Nico Israel reveals how spirals are at the heart of the most significant literature and visual art of the 20th century. Juxtaposing the work of influential writers and artists, he argues that spirals provide a crucial frame for understanding the mutual involvement of modernity, history, and geopolitics, complicating the spatio-temporal logic of literary and artistic genres and of scholarly disciplines.

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Nico Israel's superb Spirals revisits a history of modernity whose most secret desires and powerful realizations are captured by the dialectical image of the spiral. Not just echoes of Baroque forms, Read more...

 
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