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Matei Călinescu. · Rating details · ratings · 12 reviews. Five Faces of Modernity is a series of semantic and cultural biographies of words that have taken. Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism. Front Cover. Matei Călinescu. Duke University Press, Modernist Cultures invites essays from various fields of inquiry, including anthropology, art history, cultural studies, ethnography, film studies, history, literature.

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The author discusses with remarkable insight and subtlety the complex relationships among concepts which are commonly used but rarely precisely defined Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Five Faces of Modernity is a series of semantic and cultural biographies of words that have taken on special significance in the last century and a half or so: The concept of modernity—the notion that we, the living, are different and somehow superior to our predecessors and that our civilization is likely to be succeeded by one even superior to ours—is a relatively recent Western invention and one whose time may already have passed, if we believe its postmodern challengers.

Calinescu documents the rise of cultural modernity and, in tracing the shifting senses of the five terms under scrutiny, illustrates the intricate value judgments, conflicting orientations, and intellectual paradoxes to which it has given rise.

Five Faces of Modernity attempts to do for the foundations of the modernist critical lexicon what earlier terminological studies have done for such complex categories as classicismbaroqueromanticismrealismor symbolism and thereby fill a gap in literary scholarship.


On another, more ambitious level, Calinescu deals at length with the larger issues, dilemmas, ideological tensions, and perplexities brought about by the assertion of modernity.

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After the Great Divide: Or Lying with the Truth. From the Back Cover The author discusses with remarkable insight and subtlety the complex relationships among concepts which are commonly used but rarely precisely defined I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 5 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Without doubts one of the most compelling studies on the field. Calinescu advances the assumption that it is the spirit of Modernity the one that gives life to the five “styles” or “isms” that he reflects upon in his book.

Full of arresting suggestions and connections this book is a need to understand the relationship between art and Modernity.

One person found this helpful. An essential, incredibly broad and intricate guide to the intellectual landscape of the 19th and 20th centuries. Well organized, keenly argued, and amazingly well researched. I really enjoyed the book besides the fact that it proved really helpful for all the papers I have had to write so far. The concepts are clear and the bibliography extensive so it is really a starter in other directions.


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