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Five Faces of Modernity

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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...in doing so, he makes a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship and criticism.
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Five Faces of Modernityis a series of semantic and cultural biographies of words that have taken on special significance in the last century and a half or so:modernity,avant-garde,decadence,kitsch, andpostmodernism. 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 Modernityattempts to do for the foundations of the modernist critical lexicon what earlier terminological studies have done for such complex categories asclassicism,baroque,romanticism,realism, orsymbolismand 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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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 141323
  • Product Code 0822307677
  • EAN 9780822307679
  • Pages 422
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Duke University Press
  • Publication Date May 1987
  • Dimensions 209 x 141 x 29mm
  • Weight 0.576kg

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