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Dynamic FormHow Intermediality Made Modernism$
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Cara L. Lewis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749179

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749179.001.0001

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Reformulating Modernism

(p.1) Introduction
Dynamic Form

Cara L. Lewis

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of modernism. Modernism has long been understood as a particularly active period for interarts exchange, and recent interventions have made clear exactly how deeply modernism engaged with new and popular media, from film to radio and phonography. Modernist intermediality extends beyond biography and beyond ekphrasis, and visual and plastic media can make themselves felt without reference to preexisting, definable artworks. They do so, as this book demonstrates, in visual motifs, evocations of specific genres, and considerations of how people experience art. This book shows how such an expanded, nuanced sense of modernist intermediality produces an altogether different understanding of modernist form from the one that circulates today.

Keywords:   modernism, popular media, modernist intermediality, visual media, plastic media, modernist form

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