Theorizing the avant-garde: modernism, expressionism, and the problem of postmodernity

Murphy, Richard (1999) Theorizing the avant-garde: modernism, expressionism, and the problem of postmodernity. Literature, Culture, Theory (32). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521632911

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Abstract

In Modernism, Expressionism and Theories of the Avant Garde, Richard Murphy mobilises theories of the postmodern to challenge our understanding of the avant-garde. He assesses the importance of the avant-garde for contemporary culture and for the debates among theorists of postmodernism such as Jameson, Eagleton, Lyotard and Habermas. Murphy reconsiders the classic formulation of the avant-garde in Lukacs and Bloch, especially their discussion of aesthetic autonomy, and investigates the relationship between art and politics via a discussion of Marcuse, Adorno and Benjamin. Combining close textual readings of a wide range of films as well as works of literature, it draws on a rich array of critical theories, such as those of Bakhtin, Todorov, MacCabe, Belsey and Raymond Williams. This interdisciplinary project will appeal to all those interested in modernist and avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century, and provides a critical rethinking of the present-day controversy regarding postmodernity.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Series: Literature Culture and Theory. (Simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions).
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Depositing User: Richard Murphy
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:15
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 09:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24981
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