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Remarkable Modernisms: Contemporary American Authors on Modern Art

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How a select group of contemporary writers has responded to modern art.

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Daniel R. Schwarz
With this book,Morris establishes himself as one of the most important voices in the burgeoning field of the relationship between art and literature. This perceptive,persuasive,and lucid volume reflects both the vast range of his reading in the fields of modernism and postmodernism and his powerful close reading of the texts he discusses. He is a pluralist in the best sense of the word.
Dickran L. Tashjian
This thoughtful,insightful study explores the ways that contemporary poets and novelists have responded to visual artists. Morris has a knack of going against the grain of conventional interpretation and finding a fresh reading of the artists and writers he considers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558497788
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Strangers and Selves: John Yau's Writings on Contemporary Art 19
2 "Death and Disaster": John Yau's Painterly Poems 41
3 "My Shoes": Charles Simic's Self-Portraits 61
4 Responsible Viewing: Charles Simic's Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell 75
5 Moving Pictures: Trauma of Style in Ann Beattie and Alex Katz 91
6 Stranded Objects and Saying Things: The Art Writings of Mark Strand 113
7 Performing Violence: Joyce Carol Oates on Boxing and the Paintings of George Bellows 139
Conclusion: Surviving Death: Andy Warhol, artist, New York City, 8/20/69 155
Notes 163
Works Cited 171
Index 183
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