Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism, and the Problem of Postmodernity

Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism, and the Problem of Postmodernity

by Richard Murphy
     
 

In Theorizing the Avant-Garde Richard Murphy mobilizes theories of the postmodern to challenge our understanding of the avant-garde and assesses its importance for the debates among theorists of postmodernism such as Jameson, Eagleton, Lyotard and Habermas. Murphy reconsiders the classic formulations of the avant-garde and investigates the relationship between art

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In Theorizing the Avant-Garde Richard Murphy mobilizes theories of the postmodern to challenge our understanding of the avant-garde and assesses its importance for the debates among theorists of postmodernism such as Jameson, Eagleton, Lyotard and Habermas. Murphy reconsiders the classic formulations of the avant-garde and investigates the relationship between art and politics via a discussion of Marcuse, Adorno and Benjamin. Combining close textual readings of a wide range of films as well as works of literature, this interdisciplinary project will appeal to all those interested in twentieth-century modernist movements and postmodernity.

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"...original and fascinating..." Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"Murphy's book nevertheless makes an entirely persuasive and superbly documented case for the continuing impact of the historical avant-garde on the culture of postmodernity." College Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521648691
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Series:
Literature, Culture, Theory Series, #32
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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