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Legacies of Modernism

Art and Politics in Northern Europe, 1890–1950

  • Patrizia C. McBride
  • Richard W. McCormick
  • Monika Žagar

Part of the Studies in European Culture and History book series (SECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Introduction: The Future’s Past—Modernism, Critique, and the Political

  3. High, Low, and Other: The Politics of Music

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
  4. Modernism/Antimodernism, Race and Eugenics in Scandinavia

  5. Science, Technology, and German Modernism

  6. Architecture and Urban Planning in Weimar Modernity

  7. The Politics of Visual Culture: Weimar, Exile, and Postwar

  8. The Politics of Visual Culture in the Third Reich

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
  9. Modernist Politics Now: Critiques of Liberalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. William Rasch
      Pages 213-224
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 225-252

About this book

Introduction

Between 1890 and 1950 modernist art and culture set out to challenge century-old notions of the individual and the community, culture and politics, morality and freedom, placing into question the very foundations of Western civilization. The essays in this volume present a novel assessment of various manifestations of modernism in Germany and Scandinavia by posing the question of its critical and political impact beyond traditional polarities such as right vs. left, illiberalism vs. Enlightenment, apolitical vs. engaged. In drawing on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including literary studies, art history, film and visual studies, urban studies, musicology, political theory, and the history of science and technology, the essays in this volume reexamine modernism's bold inquiry into areas such as the relation of art to technology and mass politics, the limits of liberal democracy, the reconceptualization of urban spaces, and the realignment of traditional art forms following the rise of new media such as film. The volume's contributors share a belief in the timeliness of modernism's critical impulse for a contemporary age confronted with ethical and political dilemmas that the modernists first articulated and to which they attempted to respond.

Keywords

culture Europe exile expressionism Germany Kultur Modernism politics technology Visual Culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrizia C. McBride
    • 1
  • Richard W. McCormick
    • 1
  • Monika Žagar
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaTwin CitiesUSA

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