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Acrobatic Modernism from the Avant-Garde to Prehistory

Jed Rasula


This is a book about artistic modernism contending with the historical transfigurations of modernity. As a conscientious engagement with modernity’s restructuring of the lifeworld, the modernist avant-garde raised the stakes of this engagement to programmatic explicitness. But even beyond the vanguard, the global phenomenon of jazz combined somatic assault with sensory tutelage. Jazz, like the new technologies of modernity, recalibrated sensory ratios. The criterion of the new as self-making also extended to names: pseudonyms and heteronyms. The protocols of modernism solicited a pragmatic aro ... More

Keywords: modernism, modernity, laughter, pathos, prehistory, abstraction, myth, avant-garde, James Joyce, Aby Warburg

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833949
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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