- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (8 May 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840462299
- ISBN-13: 978-1840462296
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.2 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,230,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Introducing Modernism Paperback – 8 May 2001
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The book remains faithful throughout to this format and spirit of inquiry which it sets out on the very first page. It begins by listing 15 key questions that it hopes to answer -- as quickly and simply as possible -- for the reader by the end, 175 comic strip style pages later. The questions were remarkably well chosen for relevance and utility, and are suitably tackled as promised.
The whole book can be digested in a single weekend, by the end of which, one will have a good basic understanding of modernism in relation to modernity (which is not the same thing at all), and in relation to the political, social, artistic and academic trends of the late 19th and the 20th century. This offering is an ideal route into further, more detailed study of modernism within any academic discipline, or a handy face-saver if one has a test or presentation on the subject scheduled for next week, and has made no effort to prepare as yet. Get up to speed in 2 days. Chris Garratt's illustrations are not only attractive, but often help key points to really sink in.
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Introducing Modernism covers the rise and reasons for the existence of modernism, which is really an umbrella term for a number of various movements and "-isms" that arose as a reaction to the new, modern conditions of life that followed the Industrial Revolution (the conditions of modernity). Innovations like rapid transit and cinema changed the way people related to time and space. Large numbers of people were moving from rural lifestyles to the big cities to get jobs in factories, causing them to feel lost in the anonymity of the large city crowds.
Modernist reaction to these changes took various forms including Futurism, Dadaism, Cubism, atonal music and more, which are described in outline. The tendency for modernists to be avant garde and elitist is also explained. Perhaps most importantly, Introducing Modernism also explores the question of whether modernism has ended (and if so, when?). With the recent renovation of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan, this seems a relevant question. Perhaps one that "Introducing Postmodernism" can help to answer.
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