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Legacies of Modernism: Art and Politics in Northern Europe, 1890-1950

Legacies of Modernism: Art and Politics in Northern Europe, 1890-1950 (Hardback)

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Between 1890 and 1950 modernist art and culture set out to challenge century-old notions of the individual and the community, culture and politics, morality and freedom, placing into question the very foundations of Western civilization. The essays in this volume present a novel assessment of various manifestations of modernism in Germany and Scandinavia by posing the question of its critical and political impact beyond traditional polarities such as right vs. left, illiberalism vs. Enlightenment, apolitical vs. engaged. In drawing on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including literary studies, art history, film and visual studies, urban studies, musicology, political theory, and the history of science and technology, the essays in this volume reexamine modernism's bold inquiry into areas such as the relation of art to technology and mass politics, the limits of liberal democracy, the reconceptualization of urban spaces, and the realignment of traditional art forms following the rise of new media such as film. The volume's contributors share a belief in the timeliness of modernism's critical impulse for a contemporary age confronted with ethical and political dilemmas that the modernists first articulated and to which they attempted to respond.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referenceHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: Palgrave USA Publication Date: 01/01/2007 ISBN-13: 9781403973238  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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PATRIZIA MCBRIDE is an Associate Professor of German at the University of Minnesota, USA.RICHARD W.MCCORMICK is Professor of German, Department and the Director of Honors-College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, USA. MONIKA ZAGAR is an Associate Professor of Scandinavian at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA.

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