History of a shiver : the sublime impudence of modernism


History of a shiver : the sublime impudence of modernism

Jed Rasula

Oxford University Press, c2016

  • : cloth

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-330) and index



An abrupt break in the more conventional modes of artistic expression, for many, marks the advent of modernism in the early twentieth century. However, as Jed Rasula's alternative history shows, modernist aesthetics owe a significant debt to techniques and styles pioneered and established throughout the nineteenth century. An ambitious inter-arts exploration of patterns between one generation and another form the through-line of History of a Shiver: the backdrop of Wagner's epic nineteenth-century operas illuminates the music of Arnold Schoenberg and the Viennese School, in addition to literary works by Marcel Proust, Robert Musil, and Ezra Pound; the collodion glass plates deployed by Victorian photographers reveal the debt of Dada and Man Ray's innovative photograms to an era associated with realism; the brass bands conducted by John Philip Sousa in the 1880s and 1890s form a blueprint for instrumentation that gave rise to jazz; and the French symbolist verse of Stephane Mallarme and


  • Table of Contents
  • Preface: The Language of the Listening Eye
  • Introduction: Oblique Modernism
  • I. Listening to Incense: Melomania and the Pathos of Emancipation
  • II. Sublime Impudence: Synaesthesia and Music from Romanticism to Modernism
  • III. Wagnerism: A Telephone from the Beyond
  • IV. Drawing a Blank: Symbolist Retraction
  • V. Afternoon of a Faun: Pictorialism, Dance, and the American Arcady
  • VI. Fourth Dimension, Sixth Sense: or Sublime Impudence Revisited
  • VII. Endless Melody: A Theoretical Excursion
  • Coda: Moments, Monuments, and Modernism
  • Bibliography

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