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History of a shiver : the sublime impudence of modernism

Author: Jed Rasula
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An abrupt break in the more conventional modes of artistic expression, for many, marks the advent of modernism in the early twentieth century. However, as Jed Rasula's alternative history shows, modernist aesthetics owe a significant debt to techniques and styles pioneered and established throughout the nineteenth century. An ambitious inter-arts exploration of patterns between one generation and another form the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jed Rasula
ISBN: 9780199396290 0199396299
OCLC Number: 910664423
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2016 MLA Matei Calinescu Prize.
Description: xi, 346 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface: The language of the listening eye --
Introduction: Oblique modernism --
Listening to incense : melomania and the pathos of emancipation. Episodes in the history of shiver ; Ut pictura musica --
Sublime impudence : synesthesia and music from romanticism to modernism. Keyboards of the spirit ; The new Laocoon --
Wagnerism : a telephone from the beyond. Time becomes space ; "Wagner is a neurosis" : a case study ; iPod Wagnerism : from vice to device --
Drawing a blank : symbolist retraction. The theater, a pretext for dreams ; Trusting the nameless ; Seeing with eyes closed ; Rites of the dream ; The emotion of multitude ; The legacy of symbolism --
Afternoon of a faun : pictorialism, dance, and the American arcady. Panpipes in the American Arcadia ; Recovering the ugliness --
Fourth dimension, sixth sense : or sublime impudence revisited --
Endless melody : a theoretical excursion. Meaningfulness : the omnianonymous melody ; The volcanic sublime --
Coda: Moments, monuments, and modernism.
Responsibility: Jed Rasula.

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