Chapter 23. Making It New: Constructions of Modernisms

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Heinz Ickstadt Professor Emeritus

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch23

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Ickstadt, H. (2010) Making It New: Constructions of Modernisms, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch23

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Free University Berlin, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • making it new, constructions of modernisms;
  • “modernism” suggesting a commonality of purpose and a uniformity of style;
  • critics placing “modernism” within the context of “modernization” and “modernity”;
  • historians of modernism, distinguishing between collectivism of avant-garde movements and singularity of modernist masters;
  • third phase of modernism - coinciding with its institutionalization by a critical formalism in the wake of World War II;
  • “self-made-ness” as well as the “at-homeness”;
  • The Soil, R.J. Coady, published articles by Charlie Chaplin and on Bert Williams;
  • Marjorie Perloff's writings in her book on early modernism, The Futurist Moment;
  • Hemingway seeing in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - the beginning of American modernism;
  • eye-opening book The Dialect of Modernism - Michael North arguing that this is indeed what American modernism is all about

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Notes