Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life

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Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life offers a bold new assessment of the role of the domestic sphere in modernist literature, architecture, and design. Elegantly synthesizing modernist literature with architectural plans, room designs, and decorative art, Victoria Rosner's work explores the collaborations among modern British writers, interior designers, and architects in redefining the form, function, and meaning of middle-class private life. Drawing on a host of previously unexamined archival sources and works by figures such as E. M. Forster, Roger Fry, Oscar Wilde, James McNeill Whistler, and Virginia Woolf, Rosner highlights the participation of modernist literature in the creation of an experimental, embodied, and unstructured private life, which we continue to characterize as "modern."

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Editorial Reviews

Modernism / Modernity

This engrossing book... provides exciting and fertile ground for future studies.

Sehepunkte - Kathleen James-Chakraborty

An exemplary study of the relationship between artistic and literary experimentation-brilliantly original.

Modernism/Modernity - Jane Garrity

Rosner's fruitful examination of individual authors, as well as artists, architects, and designers, provides exciting and fertile ground for future studies.


Rosner's impressive reinterpretations of lives and texts honor her feminist mentor... and constitute a valuable addition to the literature...Highly recommended.Choice

An exemplary study of the relationship between artistic and literary experimentation-brilliantly original.

— Kathleen James-Chakraborty

This engrossing book... provides exciting and fertile ground for future studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231133050
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2008
  • Series: Gender and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,508,100
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Rosner is an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M. She has received the Feminist Studies writing prize and a Mellon fellowship. She was a contributor to Doan and Prosser's Palatable Poison (CUP, 2001).

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Kitchen Table Modernism2. Frames3. Thresholds4. Studies5. InteriorsNotesWorks CitedIndex

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Interesting Read - totally worth your time!

    Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life is a beautifully written piece that discusses the relationship between home décor and the lifestyle of a home's occupant(s). Rosner uses excellent creativity when titling the chapters. She uses titles such as, "Kitchen Table Modernism", "Frames", "Studies" and "Interiors," which lead you through a journey of how you view a person's home. Also, she does an excellent job of her stating opinion, then backing it up with evidence found in an assortment of books and articles written by various artists', architects', designers' and authors'. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Amy OSU Comp Student Spring 2011

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