Matei Călinescu. · Rating details · ratings · 12 reviews. Five Faces of Modernity is a series of semantic and cultural biographies of words that have taken. Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism. Front Cover. Matei Călinescu. Duke University Press, Modernist Cultures invites essays from various fields of inquiry, including anthropology, art history, cultural studies, ethnography, film studies, history, literature.

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Five faces of modernity: modernism, avant-garde, decadence, kitsch, postmodernism

Montaigne’s view of progress is not without a touch of melancholy — a welcome reminder that recognition of progress does not automatically lead to optimistic exultation.

French neoclassicism was certainly subservient to antiquity, but a close study of the aesthetics of the period shows that imitation calinewcu the ancients was rarely recommended dogmatically after — indeed, it was criticized as a fallacy.

See all 5 reviews. But as soon as we try to set modernity in an historical perspective, we realize that this association is not only relatively recent but also of minor significance when compared to the relationship between modernity and Christianity. The post-modernist temper demands that what was previously played out in fantasy and imagination must be acted in life as well. Historians of the idea of progress have established that the famous maxim about the dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant and being thus able to see farther than the giant himself can be traced back to Bernard of Chartres, who died in It is something ardent and sad, 59 something a little vague, allowing for conjecture….

FIVE FACES OF MODERNITY Modernism Avant-Garde Decadence Kitsch | Veria Wang –

Very very dense, but it’s certainly worth the time to unravel the various lines of argument. Or in Novum Organum: Critica literara romaneasca – o carte greoaie, bine documentata, foarte precisa din punct de vedere terminologic.

During the Middle Ages time was conceived along essentially theological lines, as tangible proof of the transient character of human life and as a permanent reminder of death and what lay beyond. It also cites Horace Walpole, who in a letter of spoke of Chatterton’s poems in terms of “the modernity of [their] modulation,” which “nobody [that has an ear] can 43 get over.

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It is this new feeling of modernity, derived from the notion of a dying Christianity, that explains why the romantics were the first to conceive the death of God and to incorporate in their works this essentially modern theme, long before Nietzsche gave it a central place in Zarathustra’s prophetic doctrine.

Write a modenrity review. One is to be ‘straight’ by day and a modernitg by night” pp. What we have to deal with here is a major cultural shift from a time-honored aesthetics of permanence, based on a face in an unchanging and transcendent ideal of beauty, to kf aesthetics of transitoriness and immanence, whose central values are change and novelty.

Modernism, Avant-garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism. Some of the nihilistic statements of modern and avant-garde artists seem to be made in direct response to such a disturbing awareness of being snarled in a knot of incompatibilities.

Radu rated it really liked it Jul 29, I read this book mainly for the section about kitsch; it ended up being calinfscu least favorite although this may be because I had such high hopes for it. A new Virgil, born in the century of Louis le Grand, would write a better version of the Aeneid because — granted his genius was the same — he could benefit from the more numerous and sophisticated rules at his disposal.

If He exists, He cannot die; if not, how can someone who has never existed die? On the one hand, the future is the only way out of the “nightmare of history,” which in the eyes of the utopist makes the present essentially rotten and intolerable; but on the other hand, the future — the begetter of change and difference — is suppressed in the very attainment of perfection, which by definition cannot but repeat itself ad infinitum, negating the irreversible concept of calinesccu on which the whole of Western culture has been built.

But why calinnescu modernity not be ccalinescu to anything in the past? Modernity, then, can be defined as the paradoxical possibility of going beyond the flow of history through the consciousness of historicity in its most concrete mdoernity, in its presentness [….

As a matter of fact, in Baudelaire’s case, the opposite appears to be true. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The doctrine of progress, the confidence in the beneficial possibilities of science and technology, the concern with time a measurable time, a time that can be bought and sold and therefore has, like any calineacu commodity, a calculable equivalent in moneythe cult of reason, and the ideal of freedom defined within the framework of an abstract humanism, but also the orientation toward pragmatism and the cult of action and success — all have been associated in various degrees with the battle for the modern and were kept alive and promoted as key values in the triumphant civilization established by the middle class.


Published posthumously, this early piece is perhaps Pascal’s most Cartesian writing. Baudelaire’s approach to modernity renders impossible a systematic comparison between the moderns and the ancients, and in this sense it may be said to bring to a close an intellectual dispute whose origins go back to the late Middle Ages and whose history seems to be almost one with the development of the modern idea itself.

Disability Requests Instructions for requesting calinescj electronic text on behalf of a student caoinescu disabilities are available here. Calinescu documents the rise of cultural modernity and, in tracing the shifting senses of the five terms under scrutiny, illustrates the intricate value judgments, conflicting orientations, and intellectual paradoxes to calinesch it has given rise.

When they are successful, their incoherence and arbitrariness become even more obvious, blown up, as it were, by the fove of terror that characterizes all totalitarianisms, right or left. Mommsen has pointed out calknescu Petrarch introduced the notion of the “Dark Ages” in the periodization of history.

It has been suggested that “the earliest use of the simile in terms similar to those of Bacon is probably to be found in Saint Augustine’s City of 22 God X, In a debate that had so much to do with intellectual history, both factions show a complete lack of historical sense, and both agree that the values involved in their discussion are absolute and changeless.

He lived with his wife in Bloomington, Indiana. The concept of progress is explicitly applied to the area of civility, mores, and cultural conventions. Contact Contact Us Help.

On the contrary, the basic neoclassicism of the moderns was rather more intolerant than that of the ancients’ admirers, whose aesthetic concepts were certainly not more relativistic, but more flexible and comprehensive.