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Cold Modernism: Literature, Fashion, Art
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
Publication date July 17, 2012
Pages 321
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780271053769
ISBN-10 0271053763
Dimensions 1 by 7 by 9.50 in.
Weight 2.10 lbs.
Original list price $77.95
Other format details university press
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In Cold Modernism, Jessica Burstein explores various cultural facets of modernism, tying them into a fresh conceptual framework. Central to her analysis is the important premise that our current understanding of modernism is fundamentally incomplete. Reacting against “hot,” libidinous, and psychology-centered modernism, Burstein asserts that “a constellation of modernist sensibility” has been left unacknowledged, one that laid the essential groundwork for postmodernism.

In her wide-ranging discussion of fiction, poetry, art, and fashion, Burstein sets up the parameters of what she calls “cold modernism.” According to Burstein, cold modernism operates on the premise that “there is a world in which the mind does not exist, let alone matter”; it runs counter to the “tropical bodies” of Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence. Basing the core of her analysis on the written works of Wyndham Lewis, Burstein views varying disciplines within modernism through the lens of their human interest, focusing on the “coldest”: works that convey the mechanical and inhuman. In these works, she contends, the role of the self is nonexistent, and the individual mind is merely a physical fact.

Cold Modernism raises questions fundamental to the understanding of modernist and postmodernist written and visual culture and is destined to become essential reading in the field.

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About: In Cold Modernism, Jessica Burstein explores various cultural facets of modernism, tying them into a fresh conceptual framework.

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