Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time

Hardcover | August 18, 2015

bySusan Stanford Friedman

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Drawing on a vast archive of world history, anthropology, geography, cultural theory, postcolonial studies, gender studies, literature, and art, Susan Stanford Friedman recasts modernity as a networked, circulating, and recurrent phenomenon producing multiple aesthetic innovations across millennia. Considering cosmopolitan as well as nomadic and oceanic worlds, she radically revises the scope of modernist critique and opens the practice to more integrated study.

Friedman moves from large-scale instances of pre-1500 modernities, such as Tang Dynasty China and the Mongol Empire, to small-scale instances of modernisms, including the poetry of Du Fu and Kabir and Abbasid ceramic art. She maps the interconnected modernisms of the long twentieth century, pairing Joseph Conrad with Tayeb Salih, E. M. Forster with Arundhati Roy, Virginia Woolf with the Tagores, and Aimé Césaire with Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. She reads postcolonial works from Sudan and India and engages with the idea of Négritude. Rejecting the modernist concepts of marginality, othering, and major/minor, Friedman instead favors rupture, mobility, speed, networks, and divergence, elevating the agencies and creative capacities of all cultures not only in the past and present but also in the century to come.

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Drawing on a vast archive of world history, anthropology, geography, cultural theory, postcolonial studies, gender studies, literature, and art, Susan Stanford Friedman recasts modernity as a networked, circulating, and recurrent phenomenon producing multiple aesthetic innovations across millennia. Considering cosmopolitan as well as ...

Susan Stanford Friedman is the Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women's Studies, the Hilldale Professor of the Humanities, and director for the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H.D.; Penelope's Web: Gender, Modernity; H.D.'s Fic...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 18, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionPart I. Rethinking Modernist Studies1. Definitional Excursions2. PlanetarityPart II. Rethinking Modernity, Scaling Space and Time3. Stories of Modernity: Planetary Scale in the Longue Durée4. Figures of Modernity: Relational KeywordsPart III. Rethinking Modernism, Reading Modernisms5. Modernity's Modernisms: Aesthetic Scale and Pre-1500 Modernisms6. Circulating Modernisms: Collages of Empire in Fictions of the Long Twentieth Century7. Diasporic Modernisms: Journeys "Home" in Long Poems of Aimé Césaire and Theresa Hak Kyung ChaConclusion. A Debate with MyselfNotesBibliographyIndex

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Friedman has added immeasurably to our stock of images by which modernity can be recognized and to the series of locations where it might be found.