The Psychologizing of Modernity: Art, Architecture and History
In The Psychologizing of Modernity, Mark Jarzombek examines the impact of psychology on twentieth-century aesthetics. Analyzing the interface between 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-garde art, but also history writing. The principle focus of this study is pre-World War II Germany, where theories of empathy and Entartung emerged; and post-war America, where artists, critics and historians gradually shifted from their reliance on psychology to philosophy, and most recently, to theory.
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; A prolegomenon to critical historiography; Introduction: art psychology, the elusive discipline; 1. The psychologizing of modernity: initial soundings; 2. The body ethos; 3. The vitalist ethos; 4. The social ethos; 5. The literary ethos; 6. Theory activism; Conclusion: the disciplinary dialectics of art and architecture's intellectual history; Notes; Bibliography; Index.