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Manifestoes: Provocations of the Modern

Manifestoes: Provocations of the Modern

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By (author) Janet Lyon

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  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 16mm | 331g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Ithaca
  • ISBN 10: 0801485916
  • ISBN 13: 9780801485916
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,026,860

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Since the 17th century, manifestoes have defined the aims of radical groups, individuals and parties while galvanizing revolutionary movements. The author of this volume shows that the manifesto is both a signal genre of political modernity and one of the defining forms of aesthetic modernism. Ranging from the pamphlet wars of 17th-century England to dyke and ACT-UP manifestoes of the 1990s, her text offers an extended treatment of this influential form of discourse.

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"A major, ground-breaking work of scholarship regarding the centrality of the manifesto to the political and aesthetic contradictions of modernity. From its opening pages, the book reveals itself as a lucid, confident and carefully argued piece of work, written with real elegance and elan. Lyon succeeds admirably in showing the connections between issues that have often been treated in isolation, such as revolutionary rhetoric, aesthetic theory, feminism, and the public sphere." Rita Felski, University of Virginia"