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Modernism: A Very Short Introduction

Christopher Butler


Oxford University Press

Art & design styles: Modernist design & Bauhaus;
Literary theory;
Literary studies: from c 1900 -;
Classic fiction (pre c 1945);
Philosophy: aesthetics


136 pages

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Is a tower block, your unmade bed, your lavatory basin, or the bicycle chained to the gate next door a work of art? Why should a novel have a beginning, a middle, and an end; or even a story? Whether we recognise it or not, virtually every aspect of our life today has been influenced in part by the aesthetic legacy of Modernism. In this Very Short Introduction Christopher Butler examines how and why Modernism began, explaining what it is and showing how it has gradually informed all aspects of 20th and 21st century life. Butler considers several aspects of modernism including some modernist works; movements and notions of the avant garde; and the idea of 'progress' in art. Butler looks at modernist ideas of the self, subjectivity, irrationalism, people and machines, and political definitions of modernism as a whole. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

By:   Christopher Butler
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 174mm,  Width: 114mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   110g
ISBN:   9780192804419
ISBN 10:   0192804413
Series:   Very Short Introductions
Pages:   136
Publication Date:   October 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

1. The Modernist work; 2. Modernist movements and cultural tradition; 3. The Modernist artist; 4. Modernism and politics

A useful introduction, as lucid and engaging as it is concise. / Peter Blair, University of Chester

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