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Modernist Objects: Literature, Art, Culture

Noëlle Cuny and Xavier Kalck


Modernist Objects is a unique mix of cultural studies, literature, and visual arts applied to the discrete materiality of objects. It places objects, how they emerge or withdraw, how they fashion us, and what status they hold, at the heart of what constitutes modernism. Three processes are consistently to be observed in modernist object experiments: objecting to realism, fashioning the human, and performing the ornamental. The cumbersome bourgeois semiotics of material possessions was itself taken on by writers as diverse as Beckett or Djuna Barnes as a material to be chipped away at, given ne ... More

Keywords: modernism, twentieth century, art, literature, culture, objects, materiality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781949979503
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781949979503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noëlle Cuny, editor

Xavier Kalck, editor
Sorbonne University

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