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Feast of excess : a cultural history of the new sensibility

Author: George Cotkin
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016] ©2016
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In 1952, John Cage shocked audiences with 4'33", his compositional ode to the ironic power of silence. From Cage's minimalism to Chris Burden's radical performance art two decades later (in one piece he had himself shot), the post-war American avant-garde shattered the divide between low and high art, between artist and audience. They changed the cultural landscape. Feast of Excess is an engaging and accessible  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George Cotkin
ISBN: 9780190218485 0190218487 0190218509 9780190218508
OCLC Number: 923734399
Description: 1 online resource (433 pages)
Contents: Introduction: The New Sensibility --
Prelude: A New Year : Judith Malina --
[I] Emergence, 1952-1960 --
1952: Sounds of Silence : John Cage --
1953: Erasure and Addition : Robert Rauschenberg --
1954: The Wild One : Marlon Brando --
1955: Ever Mysterious : Patricia Highsmith --
1956: Howling in the Wilderness : Allen Ginsberg --
1957: "Great Balls of Fire" : Jerry Lee Lewis --
1958: To "Nullify Explanation" : Robert Frank --
1959: Making a Connection : Judith Malina and Jack Gelber --
1960: All About Me : Norman Mailer --
[II] Explosion, 1961-1969 --
1961: Say What? : Lenny Bruce --
1962: Pop Goes the Paradigm --
1963: Picking His Nose at Tradition : Andy Warhol --
1964: Naming the New : Susan Sontag --
1965: "How Does It Feel?" : John Coltrane and Bob Dylan --
1966: Living and Dying : Anne Sexton --
1967: "Utmost Freedom of Imagination" : William Styron --
1968: An "Extreme Gesture" : Gore Vidal --
[III] Cultural Commonplace, 1970-1974 --
1969: "Terribleness" : Amiri Baraka --
1970: "I Just Love Freaks" : Diane Arbus --
1971: Vegas, Baby! : Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Hunter Thompson --
1972: Erectile Destruction : Samuel R. Delany and Thomas Pynchon --
1973: Zipless Abandon : Erica Jong --
1974: Crucified and Shot : Chris Burden --
Conclusion: The Shock of the Old...and New.
Responsibility: George Cotkin.


Feast of Excess, in brief vignette chapters of cultural creators, traces the history of excess in American culture, from 1952 to 1974. Such excess, in both direction of the minimal and the maximal,  Read more...


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Michaels's thesis is a brilliantly provocative challenge to the widely accepted view that art's political power derives from its engagement with, rather than its autonomy from, the world. * Timothy Read more...

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