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The vertical imagination and the crisis of transatlantic modernism, Paul Haacke

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The vertical imagination and the crisis of transatlantic modernism
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The vertical imagination and the crisis of transatlantic modernism
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Paul Haacke
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Language
eng
Summary
From the invention of skyscrapers and airplanes to the development of the nuclear bomb, ideas about the modern increasingly revolved around vertiginous images of elevation and decline and new technologies of mobility and terror from above. In The Vertical Imagination and the Crisis of Transatlantic Modernism, Paul Haacke examines this turn by focusing on discourses of aspiration, catastrophe, and power in major works of European and American literature as well as film, architecture, and intellectual and cultural history. This wide-ranging and pointed study begins with canonical fiction by Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and John Dos Passos, as well as poetry by Guillaume Apollinaire, Hart Crane, and Aimé Césaire, before moving to critical reflections on the rise of New York City by architects and writers from Le Corbusier to Simone de Beauvoir, the films of Alfred Hitchcock and theories of cinematic space and time, and postwar novels by Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Leslie Marmon Silko, among many other examples. In tracing the rise and fall of modernist discourse over the course of the long twentieth century, this book shows how visions of vertical ascension turned from established ideas about nature, the body, and religion to growing anxieties about aesthetic distinction, technological advancement, and American capitalism and empire. It argues that spectacles of height and flight became symbols and icons of ambition as well as direct indexes of power, and thus that the vertical transformation of modernity was both material and imagined, taking place at the same time through the rapidly expanding built environment and shifting ideological constructions of "high" and low." --
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  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Modernism (Art)
  • Modern movement (Architecture)
  • Metaphor in literature
  • Metaphor in art
  • Ascension in art
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The vertical imagination and the crisis of transatlantic modernism, Paul Haacke
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Vertical Turn 1:Transatlantic Topographies 2:Vertiginous Aspiration 3:Enchanted Catastrophe 4:Cinematic Terror 5:Critical Suspension Coda: On the Horizon
Control code
on1196244465
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 370 pages
Isbn
9780198851448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1196244465
Label
The vertical imagination and the crisis of transatlantic modernism, Paul Haacke
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Vertical Turn 1:Transatlantic Topographies 2:Vertiginous Aspiration 3:Enchanted Catastrophe 4:Cinematic Terror 5:Critical Suspension Coda: On the Horizon
Control code
on1196244465
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 370 pages
Isbn
9780198851448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1196244465

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