Modernism, Inc.: Body, Memory, Capital

Modernism, Inc.: Body, Memory, Capital

by Jani Scandura, Michael Thurston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814781365

ISBN-13: 9780814781364

Pub. Date: 08/01/2000

Publisher: New York University Press

Drawing on a variety of interdisciplinary debates in cultural studies and contemporary theory, Modernism, Inc. provides a new look at the relationship between modernism and postmodernism within the critical frame of twentieth-century American culture.

Organized around the idea of "incorporation"--embodiment, repressed memory, and advanced

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Drawing on a variety of interdisciplinary debates in cultural studies and contemporary theory, Modernism, Inc. provides a new look at the relationship between modernism and postmodernism within the critical frame of twentieth-century American culture.

Organized around the idea of "incorporation"--embodiment, repressed memory, and advanced capitalism--Modernism, Inc. covers a wide range of topics: Josephine Baker's "hot house style"; the president's penis in American political life; myth-making and the Hoover Dam; trauma, poetics, and the Armenian genocide; feminist kitsch and the recuperation of North America's "Great Lady painters"; Gertrude Stein and Jewish Social Science; the Reno Divorce Factory and the production of gender; Andy Razaf and Black Bolshevism. Collectively, the essays suggest that the relationship between the modern and the postmodern is not one of rupture, belatedness, dilution, or extremity, but of haunting.

Modernism, Inc. looks at our ghosts, and at the unspeakable secrets of modernity from which they're derived.

Contributors: Maria Damon, Walter Kalidjian, Walter Lew, Janet Lyon, William J. Maxwell, Cary Nelson, John Timberman Newcombe, David G. Nicholls, Thomas Pepper, Paula Rabinowitz, Daniel Rosenberg, Marlon Ross, Jani Scandura, Kathleen Stewart, Julia Walker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814781364
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Series:
Cultural Front Series
Pages:
321
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction: America And The Phantom Modern1
IBody19
1.Machine Dreams21
2.Josephine Baker's Hothouse29
3.Trespassing The Colorline: Aggressive Mobility And Sexual Trangression In The Construction Of New Negro Modernity48
4.Bodies, Voices, Words: Modern Drama And The Problem Of The Literary68
IIMemory81
5.No One Is Buried In Hoover Dam84
6.The Edge Of Modernism: Genocide And The Poetics Of Traumatic Memory107
7.Writing, Social Science, And Ethnicity In Gertrude Stein And Certain Others133
8.Jean Toomer's Cane, Modernization, And The Spectral Folk151
9.Grafts, Transplants, Translation: The Americanizing Of Younghill Kang171
IIICapital191
10.Great Lady Painters, Inc.: Icons Of Feminism, Modernism, And The Nation193
11.Kitchen Mechanics And Parlor Nationalists: Andy Razaf, Black Bolshevism, And Harlem's Renaissance219
12.Reno-Vating Gender: Place, Production, And The Reno Divorce Factory238
13.Politics And Labor In Poetry Of The Fin De Siecle And Beyond: Fragments Of An Unwritable History268
Contributors289
Index293

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