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4.0 out of 5 stars Sound introduction to modernism, modern trends, modernity., 17 Feb 2007
This review is from: Introducing Modernism (Paperback)
This highly compact illustrated guide to the phenomena of "Modernism" styles itself almost like a detective investigation in which the answers to a list of relevant questions are unearthed one by one until eventually the jigsaw is complete. In this regard it forms a really quite structured text for a volume of its kind.

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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