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Modernism under Review: Matei Calinescu's Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism (1987)

Modernism under Review: Matei Calinescu's Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde,... Mark Wollaeger What can Matei Calinescu's Five Faces of Modernity teach us today? One might be tempted to think that it is enough to know that Calinescu provided a foundational account of relations between what he identifies as `the clash between the two modernities': `two conflicting and interdependent modernities ­ one socially progressive, rationalistic, competitive, technological; the other culturally critical and self-critical, bent on demystifying the basic values of the first'.1 And indeed, Five Faces of Modernity is still often invoked as the locus classicus for discussion of what critical shorthand now terms the relationship between political modernity and aesthetic modernism (or, in an even shorter hand, between modernity and modernism). The magnitude of the challenge faced by Calinescu ­ to think political modernity and modernism together ­ is perhaps best measured by the fact that when the journal Modernism/Modernity was founded in 1994 editors Lawrence Rainey and Robert von Hallberg considered that the most difficult task they faced seventeen years after the first edition of Calinescu's book was `bring[ing] into dialogue writers in the social sciences engaged by issues of modernity and modernization and scholars of the literary and fine arts committed to the history of modernism http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Modernism under Review: Matei Calinescu's Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism (1987)

Modernist Cultures , Volume 8 (2): 163 – Oct 1, 2013

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press 2013
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Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
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2041-1022
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1753-8629
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10.3366/mod.2013.0059
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Mark Wollaeger What can Matei Calinescu's Five Faces of Modernity teach us today? One might be tempted to think that it is enough to know that Calinescu provided a foundational account of relations between what he identifies as `the clash between the two modernities': `two conflicting and interdependent modernities ­ one socially progressive, rationalistic, competitive, technological; the other culturally critical and self-critical, bent on demystifying the basic values of the first'.1 And indeed, Five Faces of Modernity is still often invoked as the locus classicus for discussion of what critical shorthand now terms the relationship between political modernity and aesthetic modernism (or, in an even shorter hand, between modernity and modernism). The magnitude of the challenge faced by Calinescu ­ to think political modernity and modernism together ­ is perhaps best measured by the fact that when the journal Modernism/Modernity was founded in 1994 editors Lawrence Rainey and Robert von Hallberg considered that the most difficult task they faced seventeen years after the first edition of Calinescu's book was `bring[ing] into dialogue writers in the social sciences engaged by issues of modernity and modernization and scholars of the literary and fine arts committed to the history of modernism

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2013

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