The Psychologizing of Modernity: Art, Architecture and History

The Psychologizing of Modernity: Art, Architecture and History

by Mark Jarzombek
     
 

In The Psychologizing of Modernity, Mark Jarzombek examines the impact of psychology on twentieth-century aesthetics. Analyzing the interface among psychology, art history, and avant-gardist practices, he also reflects on the longevity of the myth of aesthetic individuality as it infiltrated not only avant-grade art, but also history writing. The principal focus of… See more details below

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In The Psychologizing of Modernity, Mark Jarzombek examines the impact of psychology on twentieth-century aesthetics. Analyzing the interface among psychology, art history, and avant-gardist practices, he also reflects on the longevity of the myth of aesthetic individuality as it infiltrated not only avant-grade art, but also history writing. The principal focus of this study is pre-World War II Germany, where theories of empathy and Entartung emerged; and postwar America, where artists, critics, and historians gradually shifted from their reliance on psychology to philosophy in search for more "objective" theorizing discourses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521147637
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/02/2011
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
A Prolegomenon to Critical Historiography1
Introduction: Art Psychology, The Elusive Discipline16
Ch. 1The Psychologizing of Modernity: Initial Soundings24
Ch. 2The Body Ethos37
Ch. 3The Vitalist Ethos73
Ch. 4The Social Ethos104
Ch. 5The Literary Ethos160
Ch. 6Theory Activism185
Conclusion: The Disciplinary Dialectics of Art and Architecture's Intellectual History208
Notes213
Bibliography313
Index323

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