History of a Shiver: The Sublime Impudence of Modernism by Jed RasulaHistory of a Shiver: The Sublime Impudence of Modernism by Jed Rasula

History of a Shiver: The Sublime Impudence of Modernism

byJed Rasula

Hardcover | March 2, 2016

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An abrupt break in the more conventional modes of artistic expression, for many, marks the advent of modernism in the early twentieth century. However, as Jed Rasula's alternative history shows, modernist aesthetics owe a significant debt to techniques and styles pioneered and establishedthroughout the nineteenth century. An ambitious inter-arts exploration of patterns between one generation and another form the through-line of History of a Shiver: the backdrop of Wagner's epic nineteenth-century operas illuminates the music of Arnold Schoenberg and the Viennese School, in additionto literary works by Marcel Proust, Robert Musil, and Ezra Pound; the collodion glass plates deployed by Victorian photographers reveal the debt of Dada and Man Ray's innovative photograms to an era associated with realism; the brass bands conducted by John Philip Sousa in the 1880s and 1890s form ablueprint for instrumentation that gave rise to jazz; and the French symbolist verse of Stephane Mallarme and Paul Verlaine inspire the surrealist artworks of Salvador Dali.In addition to these connections, Rasula's book similarly considers phenomena in theatre, sculpture, and the "visual music" of figures like Thomas Wilfrid and Wassily Kandinsky. Taken together, the chapters of History of a Shiver emphasize the importance of inter-collaboration and influence in anartistic period when artfroms are traditionally isolated from one another and primarily celebrated for severing ties with the past.
Jed Rasula is the Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Georgia. His previous books include This Compost: Ecological Imperatives in American Poetry and Syncopations: The Stress of Innovation in Contemporary American Poetry.
Title:History of a Shiver: The Sublime Impudence of ModernismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199396299

ISBN - 13:9780199396290


Table of Contents

Preface: The Language of the Listening EyeIntroduction: Oblique Modernism1. Listening to Incense: Melomania and the Pathos of Emancipation2. Sublime Impudence: Synaesthesia and Music from Romanticism to Modernism3. Wagnerism: A Telephone from the Beyond4. Drawing a Blank: Symbolist Retraction5. Afternoon of a Faun: Pictorialism, Dance, and the American Arcady6. Fourth Dimension, Sixth Sense: or Sublime Impudence Revisited7. Endless Melody: A Theoretical ExcursionCoda: Moments, Monuments, and ModernismBibliography