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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If 10 I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. The functioning of a machine becomes, by implication, more beautiful than the 69 growth of a plant we should also recall here Baudelaire’s moernity for the world of plants. Have you read this? In the Advancement of Learning: Everything that is beautiful and noble is the result of reason and thought.

mocernity It was much less difficult to perceive this common element from a foreign perspective, and this was exactly what the modernistas succeeded in doing. Pascal’s Fige to the Treatise on Vacuum offers once again a clear illustration.

What makes Perrault and his followers no less neoclassic than their enemies, beyond the questions at issue, is their common belief in a transcendent and unique model of beauty.

But, postulating the accessibility of a perfect state, the modern utopian spirit gets tangled in a dilemma that is at least as compelling as those posed by Christianity. Does he not also leave us wholly to seek in the Art of Political Wagering?

Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism

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History seemed to proceed by dramatic ruptures, alternating periods of enlightened grandeur with dark periods of decay and chaos.

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

On the one hand, the business corporation wants an individual to work hard, pursue a career, accept delayed gratification — to be, in the crudest sense, mofernity organization man.


But beyond such hypothetical considerations it is certain that the young Pascal, at the time when he wrote the Preface to the Treatise on Vacuum, did not think of his contemporaries as pygmies.

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Taste is the ability of 39 pleasing today. It is only from such an aesthetic perspective that these concepts reveal their more subtle and puzzling interconnections, which, in all probability, would escape the attention of an intellectual historian with a predominantly philosophical or scientific orientation.

In an early phase, the object of hatred and ridicule is philistinism, a typical form of middle-class hypocrisy. First, the autonomy of culture, achieved in art, now begins to pass over into the arena of life.

Modernism’s negation of aesthetic transcendence and of the ideal of permanence — a negation that inspires certain extreme avant-garde tendencies, such as those represented by Tinguely’s mechanical self-destructive “sculptures” — has its rather grotesque parallel in the built-in commercial obsolescence of so many kitsch objects and in the general notion of “expendable art,” as advanced by certain theorists of the pop movement.

Obviously, this can be achieved only on the basis of an acceptance of modernity as it is.

The task of the artist is akin to the alchemical one of extracting gold from mud or — if we translate this typically Baudelairean metaphor — to reveal the poetry hidden behind the most horrifying contrasts of social modernity: Unfortunately, the modern utopist cannot afford to follow Lessing, who in his famous apologue imagined himself choosing, at God’s invitation, between all Truth mofernity just the active search for Truth with the condition of never finding it.

What has been perhaps less noticed is that Petrarch tended to extend his and his age’s contradictions to the concept of world history. Impatient with the way many romantics described art objects in terms of organic processes, our poet has a clear and highly significant bias in favor of mechanical metaphors. The doctrine of progress, the confidence in the beneficial possibilities of science and technology, the concern moderity time a measurable time, a time that can be bought and sold and therefore has, like any other 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.


But since the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries or, more specifically, since aesthetic modernity under the guise of “romanticism” first defined its historical legitimacy as a reaction against the basic assumptions of classicism, the concept of a universally intelligible fxces timeless beauty has undergone a process of steady erosion. Modernus designated a man of the day, a newcomer, while antiquus referred to anyone whose name had come down from the past surrounded by veneration, irrespective of whether he had lived before or after Christ or whether he had been a Christian or not.

Sophie Fidelite rated it it was amazing Aug 26, Curtius calls our attention to this crucial distinction: You trample men to death, and mock their clamour, Amongst your gauds pale Horror gleams and glances, And Murder, not the least of them in glamour, On your proud belly amorously dances.

Crime, for which the human animal acquires a taste in his mother’s womb, modegnity of natural origin.

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What they prided themselves on was only their ability to be more faithful to an ideal that the ancients had pursued less successfully.

Since Baudelaire, the aesthetics of modernity has been consistently an aesthetics of imagination, opposed to any kind of realism it is noteworthy that Baudelaire himself angrily rejected the recently coined term “realism,” 63 although its inventor happened to be one of his close friends, Champfleury.

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