Matei Călinescu. · Rating details · ratings · 12 reviews. Five Faces of Modernity is a series of semantic and cultural biographies of words that have taken. Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism. Front Cover. Matei Călinescu. Duke University Press, Modernist Cultures invites essays from various fields of inquiry, including anthropology, art history, cultural studies, ethnography, film studies, history, literature.

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With the breakup of traditional aesthetic authority, time, change, and the self-consciousness of the present have tended increasingly to become sources of value in what Lionel Trilling once called, with a felicitous phrase, the “adversary culture” of modernism. Consistently with his antinaturalism in the sense indicated abovethe poet rejects both the romantic idea of a “natural genius” analogous to a force of nature and the already well-established and rich tradition of the organic concept of art.

How do I set a reading intention To set a reading intention, click through to any list item, and look for the panel on the left hand side: Taste, the seventeenth-century moderns believed, developed along with other aspects of civilization, becoming more demanding and refined. Quite naturally, one who approaches the gothic with classical criteria will be unable to discover in it anything except irregularity and ugliness.

The “Salon of ” deals at length with modernity, both directly the chapter entitled “On the Heroism of Modern Life” and indirectly the definition of romanticismand there are many scattered remarks on it in other critical writings of Baudelaire, but there is little doubt that his most complete and pregnant treatment of modernity is to be found in his article on Constantin Guys, The Painter of Modern Life De modernis quibusdam scriptoribus in comparatione ad antiquos.

Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism

There is little doubt that Pascal had in mind the old simile when writing the passage. Sign up for new title announcements and special offers. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. The addition of “On Postmodernism” is by itself a major retroactive revision of the entire work.


Actually all the arguments brought forth by Perrault to demonstrate the superiority of the moderns over the ancients are purely neoclassical. To set a reading intention, click through to any list item, and look for the panel on the left hand side:. In view of Baudelaire’s cardinal importance as a theorist of aesthetic modernity, it should be pointed out that the word, a recent neologism in mid-nineteenth-centuryFrance, had circulated in English at least since the seventeenth century.

An Anthology of Sources and Documents. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Five Faces of Modernity is a series of semantic and cultural biographies of words that have taken on special significance in the last century and a half or so: Revolution is distinguished from any form of spontaneous or even conscious rebellion because it implies, besides the essential moment of negation or rejection, a specific consciousness of time and an alliance with it.

So the famous battle was no real battle, and the moderns were hardly heroes. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Aug 19, Klara P.

Without doubts one of the most compelling studies on the field. More interesting than this periodization per se are the value judgments passed on each of these three eras, expressed by the metaphors of light and darkness, day and night, wakefulness and sleep.

Five faces of modernity: modernism, avant-garde, decadence, kitsch, postmodernism

Full of arresting suggestions and connections this book is a need to understand the relationship between art and Modernity. At the same time, modernity turns against itself and, by regarding itself as decadence, dramatizes its own deep sense of crisis.

In a word, if a particular modernity is to be worthy to become antiquity, it is necessary to extract from it the mysterious beauty that human life involuntarily gives it…. It does not imply either an irrationalistic stance or an inimical attitude toward science. Both appear in all the Romantics…. God is dead forever.

We should not forget that the Querelle was indeed highly fashionable, and the court of Louis XIV and the salons passionately participated in it, with a natural majority favoring the moderns the epithet “natural” is justified if we realize that the aesthetic traditionalism of the “anciens” had little to attract a wider public of mondains.


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Set in historical perspective, such statements are rich in polemical implications. Pascal’s Preface to the Treatise on Vacuum offers once again a clear illustration.

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You can filter on reading intentions from the listas well as view them within your profile. But the Renaissance itself was unable to go beyond replacing the authority of the church with the authority of antiquity.

The aristocratic analogy is underscored by the explicit opposition between scriptor classicus and scriptor proletarius — the antonym of “classic” is “vulgar,” instead of “new” or “recent,” as we might have expected. For the romantics in the limited historical sense of facees contemporary notion the aspiration toward universality, the desire to make the work of art resemble as closely as possible the transcendent model of beauty, belonged to the classical past.

This was so perhaps because modernus coined after hodiernus was used in its narrow etymological meaning by men whose time consciousness was not yet assailed by any of the forthcoming dilemmas and paradoxes of unrepeatable time. Baudelaire’s approach to modernity renders impossible a systematic comparison between the moderns and the ancients, and in this sense it may be said to bring to a close an intellectual dispute whose origins go back to the late Middle Ages and whose history seems to be almost one with the development of the modern idea itself.

Art for Art’s Sake is the first product of aesthetic modernity’s rebellion against the modernity of the philistine. The argument of reason. When Five Faces of Modernity: