What Ever Happened to Modernism?

What Ever Happened to Modernism?

Gabriel Josipovici


The caliber of today’s literary writing arouses the most powerful critiques. For novelist and critic Gabriel Josipovici, the modern novel in English is profoundly disappointing—a bad relation of its groundbreaking Modernist forebears. This agile and passionate booklet asks why.

Modernism, Josipovici indicates, is just superficially a response to industrialization or a revolution in diction and shape; basically, it's paintings coming to realization of its personal limits and duties. And its origins are to be sought no longer in 1850 or 1800, yet within the early 1500s, with the difficulty of society and conception that still ended in the increase of Protestantism. With sophistication and persuasiveness, Josipovici charts a few of Modernism’s key phases, from Dürer, Rabelais, and Cervantes to the current, bringing jointly a wealthy array of artists, musicians, and writers either regularly occurring and unexpected—including Beckett, Borges, Friedrich, Cézanne, Stevens, Robbe-Grillet, Beethoven, and Wordsworth. He concludes with a stinging assault at the present literary scene in Britain and the USA, which increases questions about not just nationwide flavor, yet modern tradition itself.

Gabriel Josipovici has spent an entire life writing, and writing approximately different writers. What Ever occurred to Modernism? is a strident name to fingers, and a journey de strength of literary, creative, and philosophical explication that would stimulate someone drawn to paintings within the 20th century and today.

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