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The Total Work of Art in European Modernism

David Roberts


This book sets out to demonstrate the centrality of the total work of art to European modernism since the French Revolution. The total work of art is usually understood as the intention to reunite the arts into the one integrated whole, but it is also tied to the desire to recover and renew the public function of art. The history and theory of the total work of art pose a whole series of questions not only to aesthetic modernism and its utopias but also to the whole epoch from the French Revolution to the totalitarian revolutions of the twentieth century. The total work of art indicates the ne ... More

Keywords: European modernism, French Revolution, autonomous art, autonomy, avant-gardism, religion, politics, work of art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450235
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Roberts, author
Professor Emeritus of German, Monash University