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Modernism: A Very Short Introduction

by Christopher Butler - £7.99  Oxford University Press (2010)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780192804419 | ISBN 10: 0192804413

* Provides a coherent account of Modernism across various aesthetic and cultural fields
 
* Considers several aspects of Modernism including some classic modernist works, movements and notions of the avant garde, and the idea of 'progress' in art
 
* Examines Modernist ideas of the self, of subjectivity, irrationalism, people, and machines
 
* Looks at the political dimensions of Modernism
 
* Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series

 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.

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