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Neo-Baroque : A Sign of the Times

Author: Omar Calabrese; Charles Lambert
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Princeton legacy library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A leading young Italian semiologist scrutinizes today's cultural phenomena and finds the prevailing taste to be "neo-baroque"--characterized by an appetite for virtuosity, frantic rhythms, instability, poly-dimensionality, and change. Omar Calabrese locates a "sign of the times" in an amazing variety of literary, philosophical, artistic, musical, and architectural forms, from the Venice Biennale through the "new  Read more...
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Calabrese, Omar
Neo-Baroque : A Sign of the Times
Princeton : Princeton University Press,c2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Omar Calabrese; Charles Lambert
ISBN: 9781400887156 1400887151
OCLC Number: 1004882210
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Foreword --
Preface --
Chapter 1. Taste and Method --
Chapter 2. Rhythm and Repetition --
Chapter 3. Limit and Excess --
Chapter 4. Detail and Fragment --
Chapter 5. Instability and Metamorphosis --
Chapter 6. Disorder and Chaos --
Chapter 7. The Knot and the Labyrinth --
Chapter 8. Complexity and Dissipation --
Chapter 9. The Approximate and the Inexpressible --
Chapter 10. Distortion and Perversion --
Chapter 11. Some Like It Classical --
Notes --
Index of Names
Series Title: Princeton legacy library.
Responsibility: Omar Calabrese.
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A leading young Italian semiologist scrutinizes today's cultural phenomena and finds the prevailing taste to be "neo-baroque"--characterized by an appetite for virtuosity, frantic rhythms, instability, poly-dimensionality, and change. Omar Calabrese locates a "sign of the times" in an amazing variety of literary, philosophical, artistic, musical, and architectural forms, from the Venice Biennale through the "new science" to television series, video games, and "zapping" with the remote control device from channel to channel! Calabrese admits that he begins the book with a refusal to distinguish between "Donald Duck and Dante." Avoiding hierarchies or ghettos among works, he takes his readers on a fast-paced expedition through contemporary culture that closes with an elegant essay on evaluation and classical form. According to Calabrese, the enormous quantity of narrative now being produced has led to a new situation: everything has already been said, and everything has already been written. The only way of avoiding saturation has been to turn to a poetics of repetition. The author shows that pleasure in texts is now produced by tiny variations, and a certain kind of citation from other works has taken on a central importance that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. In describing this development, and others shared by both avant-garde and mass media, he makes us aware of the rapid shrinkage in the once ample space between "highbrow" and "lowbrow."Originally published in 1992.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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