The Resource Anarchy & culture : the aesthetic politics of modernism, David Weir

Anarchy & culture : the aesthetic politics of modernism, David Weir

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Anarchy & culture : the aesthetic politics of modernism
Title
Anarchy & culture
Title remainder
the aesthetic politics of modernism
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David Weir
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Anarchy and culture
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Language
eng
Summary
Anarchism is generally understood as a failed ideology, a political philosophy that once may have had many followers but today attracts only cranks and eccentrics. This book argues that the decline of political anarchism is only half the story; the other half is a tale of widespread cultural success. David Weir develops this thesis in several ways. He begins by considering the place of culture in the political thought of the classical anarchist thinkers William Godwin, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Mikhail Bakunin, and Peter Kropotkin. He then shows how the perceived "anarchy" of nineteenth-century society induced writers such as Matthew Arnold, Henry James, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky to turn away from politics and seek unity in the idea of a common culture. Yet as other late nineteenth-century writers and artists began to sympathize with anarchism, the prospect of a common culture became increasingly remote. In Weir's view, the affinity for anarchism that developed among members of the artistic avant-garde lies behind much of fin de siecle culture. Indeed, the emergence of modernism itself can be understood as the aesthetic realization of anarchist politics. In support of this contention, Weir shows that anarchism is the key aesthetic principle informing the work of a broad range of modernist figures, from Henrik Ibsen and James Joyce to dadaist Hugo Ball and surrealist Luis Bunuel. Weir concludes by reevaluating the phenomenon of postmodernism as only the most recent case of the migration of politics into aesthetics, and by suggesting that anarchism is still very much with us as a cultural condition
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1947 April 20-
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Weir, David
Dewey number
809/.933358
Index
index present
LC call number
PN51
LC item number
.W345 1997eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Critical perspectives on modern culture
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  • Politics and literature
  • Literature, Modern
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Anarchism
  • Literature and society
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Anarchy & culture : the aesthetic politics of modernism, David Weir
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-296) and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 303 p.
Isbn
9781558490833
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96050314
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lc
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  • 1291062-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1291062
  • (Sirsi) o36024045
  • (OCoLC)36024045
Label
Anarchy & culture : the aesthetic politics of modernism, David Weir
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-296) and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 303 p.
Isbn
9781558490833
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96050314
Note
lc
System control number
  • 1291062-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1291062
  • (Sirsi) o36024045
  • (OCoLC)36024045

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