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28.7.10

Gabriel Josipovici, What Ever Happened To Modernism?

Writer and critic Gabriel Josipovici to publish new study
Gabriel Josipovici, 'What Ever Happened to Modernism?'

Yale University Pressis publishing Gabriel Josipovici's new book, What Ever Happened to Modernism? this September (via ReadySteadyBook):
Modernism, Josipovici suggests, is only superficially a reaction to industrialization or a revolution in diction and form; essentially, it is art coming to consciousness of its own limits and responsibilities. And its origins are to be sought not in 1850 or 1800, but in the early 1500s, with the crisis of society and perception that also led to the rise of Protestantism. With sophistication and persuasiveness, Josipovici charts some of Modernism’s key stages, from Dürer, Rabelais, and Cervantes to the present, bringing together a rich array of artists, musicians, and writers both familiar and unexpected—including Beckett, Borges, Friedrich, Cézanne, Stevens, Robbe-Grillet, Beethoven, and Wordsworth. He concludes with a stinging attack on the current literary scene in Britain and America, which raises questions about not only national taste, but contemporary culture itself.
Read more: Gabriel Josipovici, What Ever Happened to Modernism? Yale University Press website.

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