by Christopher Butler


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192804419
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/03/2010
Series: Very Short Introductions Series
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 562,045
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Christopher Butler is Professor of English Language and Literature at Christ Church College, University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

1. The Modernist work
2. Modernist movements and cultural tradition
3. The Modernist artist
4. Modernism and politics

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Modernism 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was instructed to read this book as a prelude to a university literature course on American Modernism. However, I came away learning very little. I do not feel as if I was truly able to distinguish between modernism, variations of modernism, and fake/not-modernist styles that just happened to be during similar periods. The book is an "introduction" in that it overwhelms the reader with countless authors, artists, composers, etc. Unless you have read or are already familiar with the artists/the work, these references will mean very little and will simply blur together. It seems like a better fit for people who already have a solid understanding of the period and the artists, and want a broader look at the movement or just a review. The writing style was also not particularly conducive to comprehension. If you're an absolute novice, I'd look for something else.