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American Modernism across the Arts


Jay Bochner and Justin D. Edwards

American Modernism across the Arts expands our vision of the modernist impulse by taking the arts together. Each of the essays in this book ranges between the arts, or between the arts and other cultural manifestations: from writing to painting, photography to architecture, art to the mall, or women's work to autobiography. Such interdisciplinarity collapses artistic compartements to bring a healthy new relevance to a study of an American modernism that is grounded in an adventurous avant-garde culture. The corpus spans modernism in all its states: Gertrude Stein, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alfred Stieglitz, George Gershwin, Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, as well as Djuna Barnes, Robert McAlmon, Elsa von Freitag-Lorinhoven, Randolph Bourne, Margaret Anderson, and Carl Van Vechten.
Contents: Jay Bochner: The Coming Storm of Modernism - Michael Golston: Hidden Topographies: Ideologies of Rhythm in American Science and Aesthetics: 1890-1940 - Allan Antliff: Interpellating Modernity: Cubism and 'La Vie Unanime' in America - Irene Gammel: The Baroness Elsa and the Politics of Transgressive Body Talk - Mary O'Connor: The Objects of Modernism: Everyday Life in Women's Magazines, Gertrude Stein, and Margaret Watkins - Stephen Scobie: «I Is Another»: Autobiography and the Appropriation of Voice - Nina van Gessel: «The Art of Life»: Editing Domesticity in Margaret Anderson's My Thirty Years War - Jonathan Gill: It Is Necessarily So: The Yiddish Blackface of Porgy and Bess - Justin D. Edwards: Carl Van Vechten's Sexual Tourism in Jazz Age Harlem - George Piggford: «Beat(ing) Gerty Stein on Her Own Ground»: Hart Crane's Poetry of Narcissism - Robert K. Martin: Myths of Native Masculinity: Hart Crane and the Poem of the Nation - Bonnie Kime Scott: Djuna Barnes's Migratory Modernism - Peter Gibian: People Movers: Snow, Pound, Muybridge and the Stop-Action Arts of Consumer Culture - Yves Deschamps: Montréal Moderne, U.S. Moderne - Alan Trachtenberg: The Modernist City of Film Noir: The Case of Murder, My Sweet.