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    DescriptionThe quality of today's literary writing arouses the strongest opinions. For novelist and critic Gabriel Josipovici, the contemporary novel in English is profoundly disappointing - a poor relation of its groundbreaking Modernist forebears. This agile and passionate book asks why. Modernism, Josipovici suggests, is only superficially a reaction to industrialization or a revolution in diction and form; essentially, it is art coming to consciousness of its own limits and responsibilities. And its origins are to be sought not in 1850 or 1800, but in the early 1500s, with the crisis of society and perception that also led to the rise of Protestantism. With sophistication and persuasiveness, Josipovici charts some of Modernism's key stages, from Durer, Rabelais, and Cervantes to the present, bringing together a rich array of artists, musicians, and writers both familiar and unexpected - including Beckett, Borges, Friedrich, Cezanne, Stevens, Robbe-Grillet, Beethoven, and Wordsworth. He concludes with a stinging attack on the current literary scene in Britain and America, which raises questions not only about national taste, but contemporary culture itself. Gabriel Josipovici has spent a lifetime writing, and writing about other writers. "Whatever Happened to Modernism?" is a strident call to arms, and a tour de force of literary, artistic, and philosophical explication that will stimulate anyone interested in art in the twentieth century and today.


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    Title
    Whatever Happened to Modernism?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gabriel Josipovici
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 445 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300165777
    ISBN 10: 0300165773
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.6
    BIC subject category V2: DSA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004120
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15740
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A23100000
    BISAC V2.8: LIT006000
    DC22: 809.9112, 820.9112, 809/.9112
    LC classification: PN56.M54 J67 2010
    Thema V1.0: DSK, DSA
    Illustrations note
    8 black-&-white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    28 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Gabriel Josipovici is a novelist, literary theorist, critic and scholar. He was Professor of English at the University of Sussex, and Weidenfeld Professor of Comparative Literature at Oxford, and is now research professor in the Graduate School of Humanities, Sussex. He has published three non-fiction titles with Yale, The Book of God, Touch and On Trust.
    Review quote
    "An appealing literary-historical excursion . . . Quite engaging."--M. A./i>--M. A. Orthofer "Complete Review "