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The Modernist World

ISBN 9781138093126
Published June 16, 2017 by Routledge
650 Pages

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The Modernist World is an accessible yet cutting edge volume which redraws the boundaries and connections among interdisciplinary and transnational modernisms. Over 60 new essays are equally divided to address literature, visual arts, theatre, dance, architecture, music and film, with a final section drawing these together as 'intellectual currents'. The book also covers a variety of 'modernisms' from around the globe, drawing innovative links and connections to paint a picture of the 'Modernist World'. A clear and detailed introduction introduces the terrain, as well as pointing out the plurality and adaptability of the area. The Modernist World is essential reading for both beginners and more advanced scholars in the area - offering clear introductions alongside new and refreshing insights.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Stephen Ross and Allana C. Lindgren  Part 1 East and Southeast Asia  1. Contexts for Modernism: Intellectual Currents in East and Southeast Asia, Christopher Bush  2. Building Backward and Forwards in Time: Architectural Modernism in East and Southeast Asia, Peter G. Rowe  3. Modernism and Cinema in East Asia, Jenny Kwok Wah Lau  4. Modern Dance in East and Southeast Asia, Jukka O. Miettinen  5. Modernist Literary Production in East Asia, Karen Thornber  6. Musical Modernism in Asia, Frederick Lau  7. Modern and Modernist Theatre and Drama in East and Southeast Asia, Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.  8. When was East and Southeast Asia’s Modernism in Art?: Comparisons and Intersections, Simon Soon  Part 2 South Asia  9. Tousled Temporalities: Modernist Practices and Intellectual--Political Currents in South Asia, Saurabh Dube  10. Beyond the Masters: Modernism in South Asian Architecture, Kathleen James-Chakraborty  11. Modernism and Film in South Asia: An Indian Perspective, Rahul Sapra  12. Dance in South Asia, Ketu H. Katrak  13. Modernism and Its Four Phases: Literature in South Asia, Vinay Dharwadker  14. Modernism in South Asian Art Music, Stanley Scott  15. Visual Arts in South Asia, Parul Dave-Mukherji, Simone Wille, AKM Khademul Haque and T. Sanathanan  Part 3 Sub-Saharan Africa  16. Modernization, Development Studies and Modernity in Current African Debates, Yahia Mahmoud  17. From ‘Progress’ to Post-colonial Relics: Modernist Architecture and Design in Africa, William Cunningham Bissell  18. Defining Afro-Modernism: African Cinema’s Response to Modernity, Lizelle Bisschoff  19. Modernism and African Dance: Reinventing Traditions, Kariamu Welsh  20. Modernism in Sub-Saharan African Literature, Nicholas Meihuizen  21. Music and Modernism in Africa, Tsitsi Jaji  22. ‘A Range of Modernisms’: Sub-Saharan African Theatre and the Modernist World, Chukwuma Okoye  23. Modernism in Africanist Art History: The Making of a New Discipline, Prita Meier  Part 4 Australia and Oceania  24. The Experience of Aboriginality in the Creation of the Radically New: Modernist Intellectual Currents in Australasia, David Macarthur  25. Indigenous Conciliations with American Modernity: Architecture and Design in Oceania, Davina Jackson  26. Modernism and Film in Australia and the Pacific: The Australasian Experience, Anthony Lambert  27. Imported and Homegrown: Dancing Modernists in Oceania, Amanda Card  28. Defining Nations: Modernist Literature in Australia and the Pacific Islands, Matthew Hall  29. Australian Musical first Modernism, Graeme Skinner  30. Staging Modernity in the ‘New Oceania’: Modernism in Australian, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands Theatre, David O’Donnell  31. The Modern Primitive and the Antipodes: The Visual Arts and Oceania, Ann Stephen and Andrew McNamara  Part 5 Europe  32. ‘A Rare Moment of Crisis’: Modernist Intellectual Currents in Europe, Irene Gammel and Cathy Waszczuk  33. Architecture and Design – Europe, Michael Johnson  34. Envisioning the Scene of the Modern: Modernism and European Cinema, Michael Valdez Moses  35. Inventing Abstraction? Modernist Dance in Europe, Juliet Bellow and Nell Andrew  36. Literature in Europe, Vassiliki Kolocotroni  37. Modernism in European Music, Stephen Downes  38. Modernism and European Drama/Theatre, Claire Warden  39. Modernist Painting in and around Paris: The City as Site, Subject, and Structure, 1880-1939, Ara H. Merjian  Part 6 Latin America  40. Modernist Intellectual Currents in Latin America, Amy Oliver  41. Architectural Latin American Modernism: Twentieth-Century Politics, Historiography and the Academic Debate, Félipe Hernández  42. Dancing Racialized Modernisms in Lusophone and Spanish-Speaking Latin America, Jose Luis Reynoso  43. Latin America’s Multiple Literary Modernisms, Emily McGinn  44. Renovation, Rupture, and Restoration: The Modernist Musical Experience in Latin America, Alejandro L. Madrid  45. Modernism’s Unfinished Stage: Theatre in Latin America, Sarah J. Townsend  46. Beyond Centre-Periphery: Modernism in Latin American Art’, Tatiana Flores  Part 7 Middle East and the Arab World  47. Accommodating an Unexpected Guest: The Intellectual Trends of Modernity in the Middle East, Kaveh Tagharobi and Ali Zarei  48. Cinema and Modernity in the Middle East: Post-colonial Newness and Realism, Walid El Khachab  49. Modernism and Dance in the Middle East and North Africa, Stavros Stavrou Karayanni  50. The Crisis of the Present: Literature in the Middle East and North Africa, Anna Bernard  51. Modernization and Westernization in Eastern Music, Amnon Shiloah  52. Arab Theatre between Tradition and Modernity, Dina Amin  53. Modernism and the Visual Arts in the Middle East and North Africa, Nada Shabout  Part 8 The United States and Canada  54. Modernist Intellectual Currents in Canada and the United States, Leif Sorensen  55. Modernist Architecture and Design in Canada and the USA, Rhodri Windsor Liscombe  56. Cinema Modernisms in Canada and the US, Juan A Suárez  57. Embodied Modernism: Dance in Canada and the United States, Allana C. Lindgren  58. Modernist Literature in Canada and the USA, Gregory Betts  59. Modernism and Music in Canada and the USA, David Cecchetto and Jeremy Strachan  60. Theatrical Modernism: Canada and the United States, Alan Filewod  61. Modernism in the Visual Arts in the United States and Canada, Diana Nemiroff

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Stephen Ross is Associate Professor in the English department at the University of Victoria, Canada. He has published widely on Modernism and is General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Allana Lindgren is Associate Professor in the Theatre department at the University of Victoria, Canada. She has published widely on Modernism, Theatre History and Dance.


"The Modernist World is the latest effort in the ongoing and collaborative project of mapping modernisms around the world. Spanning eight geographical regions and covering film, theater, literature, the visual arts, dance, music, and architecture in each region, Ross and Lindgren establish vital convergences and divergences among interdisciplinary modernisms. What emerges is less a singular understanding of modernism than an appreciation of the provisional, strategic and situation-specific nature of the many modernisms. Encompassing a huge swathe of artistic activity, The Modernist World presents modernisms’ many permutations: their different goals, formal strategies, and periodization. This volume makes a truly magnificent contribution to global modernist studies." Laura Winkiel, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

"The Modernist World is a remarkable and timely volume. Unique in its multidisciplinary and geographical range, this collection of over fifty essays offers a truly global account of modernist cultural production. More than that, it investigates the shifting signification of the term ‘modernism’ itself as it moves across continents and art forms. It will certainly become an indispensable resource for students and scholars working in the ‘new modernist studies’." Anna Snaith, Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature, King’s College London, UK

"Over the course of the last decade, scholars have repeatedly urged that modernism should be approached as a global phenomenon rather than just a European or North American accomplishment. And yet incredibly, there has never been a synoptic reference work to which students might have turned to broaden their horizons. The present compilation is thus long overdue: geographically and thematically comprehensive, it will make its mark on the field for many years to come!" Tobias Boes, University of Notre Dame, USA

"Because of its excellent breadth and variety, this important collection does more to show the reorientation in modernist studies since the turn of the century than any other volume currently available." Peter Childs, Newman University, UK