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By Douglas Mao,Rebecca L. Walkowitz,Heather K. Love,Martin Puchner

Modernism is sizzling back. on the sunrise of the twenty-first century, poets and designers, designers and critics, academics and artists are rediscovering the virtues of the former century’s so much shiny cultural constellation. but this common include increases questions about modernism’s relation to its personal luck. Modernism’s “badness”—its emphasis on outrageous habit, its elevation of negativity, its refusal to be condoned—seems necessary to its energy. yet as soon as modernism is permitted as “good” or worthy (as loads of modernist paintings now is), its prestige as a subversive aesthetic intervention turns out undermined. The participants to Bad Modernisms tease out the contradictions in modernism’s dedication to badness.

Bad Modernisms hence builds on and extends the “new modernist studies,” contemporary paintings marked by means of the appliance of various equipment and a focus to texts and artists now not often categorised as modernist. during this assortment, those advancements are exemplified by way of essays starting from a interpreting of dandyism in Nineteen Twenties Harlem as a functionality of a “bad” black modernist imaginary to a attention of Filipino American modernism within the context of anticolonialism. The participants re-evaluate frequent figures—such as Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, Josef von Sternberg, Ludwig Wittgenstein, W. H. Auden, and Wyndham Lewis—and carry to gentle the paintings of lesser-known artists, together with the author Carlos Bulosan and the experimental filmmaker Len Lye. reading cultural artifacts starting from novels to manifestos, from philosophical treatises to motion picture musicals, and from anthropological essays to ads campaigns, those essays sign the capaciousness and effort galvanizing the hot modernist studies.

Contributors. Lisa Fluet, Laura Frost, Michael LeMahieu, Heather okay. Love, Douglas Mao, Jesse Matz, Joshua L. Miller, Monica L. Miller, Sianne Ngai, Martin Puchner, Rebecca L. Walkowitz

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