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The End of the Modernist Era in Arts and Academia (Classical and Contemporary Social Theory)

The End of the Modernist Era in Arts and Academia (Classical and Contemporary Social Theory)

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Publication Date: March 29th, 2022
Publisher:
Routledge
ISBN:
9781032109176
Pages:
150
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Description

This book identifies the-now moribund-Modernist spirit of the twentieth century, with its "make it new" attitude in the arts, and its tendency towards abstraction and the scientific process, as the impetus behind the academic structures of universities and museums, together with the development of discrete scholarly disciplines such as literary theory, sociology, and art history based on quasi-scientific principles. Arguing that the Modernist project is approaching exhaustion and that the insights that it has left to yield are approaching triviality, it explores the Modernist links between the arts and academic pursuits of the West-and their relationship with street protests-in the long twentieth century, considering what might follow this Modernist era. An examination of the broad cultural and intellectual-and now political-trends of our age, and their decline, The End of the Modernist Era in Arts and Academia will appeal to scholars and students of social theory, philosophy, literary studies, and cultural studies.

About the Author

Bruce Fleming is Professor of English at the US Naval Academy. He is the author of Running is Life: Transcending the Crisis of Modernity, Modernism and Its Discontents: Philosophical Problems of Twentieth-Century Literary Theory, Why Liberals and Conservatives Clash: A View from Annapolis, and What Literary Studies Could Be, and What It Is, among other works.