Saturday, June 27, 2009


Matei Calinescu has apparently died.

His "Five Faces of Modernity" is one of the best books about Modern art/literature from a broad perspective. In particular it is very good at teasing out the historical roots of our concepts of modernity, modernism, the avant-garde, decadence, kitsch and postmdodernism (the five faces). Although he' rather harsh in his judgment of the avant-garde, this is very much required reading.


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