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History of a Shiver: The Sublime Impudence of Modernism

Jed Rasula


This book addresses modernism as an expanding historical force generated by the nineteenth-century fascination with music, as all the arts sought renewal by a kind of aesthetic miscegenation. Richard Wagner’s concepts of the Gesamtkunstwerk and “endless melody” were of paramount historical consequence in elevating music to a universal aesthetic standard, spawning Wagnerism as first among modern isms. Modernism promoted interaction among the arts, with each art aspiring to produce the effects of another artistic medium. In pursuit of this expansive initiative, modernism tacitly adhered to a key ... More

Keywords: modernism, music, Richard Wagner, German romanticism, fourth dimension, endless melody, synesthesia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199396290
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jed Rasula, author
Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English, University of Georgia