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Paradoxy of Modernism

Robert Scholes

Abstract

This book intervenes in ongoing discussions about modernism in the arts during the crucial half-century from 1895 to 1945. While critics of and apologists for modernism have defined modern art and literature in terms of binary oppositions—high/low, old/new, hard/soft, poetry/rhetoric—the book contends that these distinctions are in fact confused and misleading. Such oppositions are instances of “paradox”—an apparent clarity that covers real confusion. Closely examining specific literary texts, drawings, critical writings, and memoirs, it seeks to complicate the neat polar oppositions attribute ... More

Keywords: modernism, binary oppositions, paradoxy, confusion, durable fluff, formulaic creativity, iridescent mediocrity, James Joyce

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300108200
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108200.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Scholes, author