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Modernism's Missing Modernity

Ayers, David (2016) Modernism's Missing Modernity. In: Bradshaw, David and Marcus, Laura and Roach, Rebecca, eds. Moving Modernisms: Motion, Technology, and Modernity. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-871417-0. (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714170.003.0004) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the fundamental issue of the relation between modernist culture and ‘the periodization of a social modernity’. Noting that ‘modernism’, like the continental European conception of the avant-garde, is highly diffuse, it suggests that the only adequate response is to examine more closely the interrelation between modernist culture and its historical background. It calls attention, in this context, to the caesura of the Russian Revolution and to reflections on technology both by Marxists such as Walter Benjamin and by Heidegger (in Being and Time and in his later essay on technology). The way in which these thinkers increasingly problematized the theory of history can be understood, it suggests, as a response to a process of ‘de-imperialization’ in Europe and Asia, which, among other things, reconfigures the artist as a ‘transnational subject’ in a ‘globally redefined field’.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714170.003.0004
Uncontrolled keywords: Marxist, history, Heidegger, technology, Walter Benjamin
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Modern Poetry
Depositing User: David Ayers
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 08:59 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 15:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61939 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ayers, David: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1854-2022
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