Modernism beyond the avant garde embodying experience / Jason M. Baskin
- Baskin, Jason M., 1977-
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (x, 225 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- Late modernism and the aesthetics of embodiment -- Elizabeth Bishop's rhythmic looking -- Ezra Pound's scraps of a self -- Ralph Ellison's invisible laughter -- Raymond Williams's collaborative labor.
- Critics have traditionally maintained that capitalism's resurgence after the Second World War precipitated the transition from modernism to postmodernism. This revisionist account shows that modernism does not simply decline. By foregrounding phenomenological conceptions of bodily experience, Jason M. Baskin reveals modernism's ongoing vitality. Key postwar writers, critics and philosophers, including Elizabeth Bishop, Ezra Pound, Ralph Ellison and Raymond Williams, as well as Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Theodor Adorno, developed an aesthetics of embodiment that adapted modernism to a new postwar landscape. Working across differences of race, gender, national and intellectual tradition, genre and form, Baskin contends that these authors used ordinary bodily experiences, such as perception, memory and laughter, to imagine modes of common being and purpose that were otherwise unavailable in a postwar society dominated by liberal capitalism.
- 9781108525961 (ebook)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 15 Nov 2018).
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