Pop Modernism: Noise and the Reinvention of the Everyday

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Drawing on a wide range of materials, including experimental movies, pop songs, photographs, and well-known poems and paintings, Pop Modernism shows that experimental art in the early twentieth century was centrally concerned with the reinvention of everyday life. In a series of clearly written, provocative, and groundbreaking essays, Juan A. Suarez demonstrates how modernist writers and artists reworked pop images and sounds, old-fashioned and factory-made objects, city spaces,...
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Overview

Drawing on a wide range of materials, including experimental movies, pop songs, photographs, and well-known poems and paintings, Pop Modernism shows that experimental art in the early twentieth century was centrally concerned with the reinvention of everyday life. In a series of clearly written, provocative, and groundbreaking essays, Juan A. Suarez demonstrates how modernist writers and artists reworked pop images and sounds, old-fashioned and factory-made objects, city spaces, and the languages and styles of queers and ethnic "others."

Pop Modernism reconnects the modernist reinvention of everyday life and contemporary artistic practice. What is at stake is not just an antiquarian impulse to rescue forgotten past moments and works, but a desire to establish an archeology of our present art, culture, and activism.

About the Author:
Juan A. Suarez is associate professor of American studies and English at the University of Murcia, Spain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252073922
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2007
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Modernism, Popular Practice, Noise     1
Noise Abatement
Reading Modernity: Vachel Lindsay's Theory of Film     19
Reading the Modern City: Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler's Manhatta     50
John Dos Passos's USA, the Popular Media, and Left Documentary Film in the 1930s     80
The Rustle of the Quotidian
The Art of Noise: The Gramophone, T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, and the Modernist Discourse Network     119
Joseph Cornell and the Secret Life of Things     141
The Murmur of Otherness
Queer Modernism: Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler's The Young and Evil     179
Walking with Zombies: Haitian Folklore and Modernist Ethnography in Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse     208
Inner-City Surrealism: James Agee, Janice Loeb, and Helen Levitt's In the Street     237
Notes     273
Index     315
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