Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 15, 1997 - Art - 241 pages
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The essence of Modernism - the aesthetic and intellectual movement that virtually reinvented art and literature at the turn of the twentieth century - is the thrust of the latest volume from Daniel R. Schwarz. In Reconfiguring Modernism, Schwarz suggests diverse directions for studying the relationship between modern art and modern literature. Bringing together thirty years of experience on the subject and drawing upon specific texts and paintings, Schwarz proposes interrelationships between such striking pairs of artists as Gauguin and Joseph Conrad, Manet and Henry James, and Cezanne and T. S. Eliot, as well as a triptych consisting of Picasso, Stevens, and Joyce. He focuses on the high Modernist period from 1890 to 1940 and examines the way in which we "read" paintings as narrative. Reconfiguring Modernism provocatively discusses the reading of intertextual relationships between modern painters and modern authors, and sheds new light on the influence of African, Asian, and Pacific cultures on European Modernism.

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Daniel R. Schwarz is Professor of English and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where he has won major teaching prizes. He is the author of the recently published "Broadway Boogie Woogie" (2003) and the widely read "Imagining the Holocaust" (1999; rev. edn 2000). His many previous publications include "Rereading Conrad" (2001), "Reconfiguring Modernism" (1997), "The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890--1930" (1989; rev. edn 1995), and "Reading Joyce's "Ulysses"" (1987; Centenary edn 2004).

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