9780198808770

Baroque between the Wars Alternative Style in the Arts, 1918-1939

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    9780198808770

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    0198808771

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-03-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

Baroque between the Wars is a fascinating and new account of the arts in the twenties and thirties. We often think of this time as being dominated by modernism, yet the period saw a dialogue between modern baroque--eclectic, playful, camp, open to influence from popular culture yet in dialogue with the past, and unafraid of the grotesque or surreal--and modernism, which was theory-driven, didactic, exclusive, and essentially neo-classical.

Jane Stevenson argues that both baroque and classical forms were equally valid responses to the challenge of modernity, by setting painting and literature in the context of 'minor arts' such as interior design, photography, fashion, ballet, and flower arranging, and by highlighting the social context and sexual politics of creative production.

Accessibly written and generously illustrated, the volume focuses on artists, artefacts, clients, places, and publicists to demonstrate how baroque offered a whole way of being modern which was actively subversive of the tenets of modernism and practised by the people modernism habitually defined as not worth listening to, particularly women and homosexuals.

Author Biography


Jane Stevenson was born in 1959 and mostly brought up in London. She studied at the University of Cambridge, and subsequently taught at the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick before moving to Aberdeen, where she is now Regius Professor of Humanity. Works include studies of women's writing in Latin, early modern women poets, a biography of the painter Edward Burra, and six novels.

Table of Contents


The In Between Time
I: Society
1. Climbing
2. Hiding in Plain Sight
3. Sitwell Style
II: The City
4. Modern Times
5. Streams Of Consciousness
6. Machines To Live In
III: Rooms
7. Outdoor Rooms
8. Chinese Wallpaper
9. Whiteness
10. White and Gold
11. Rococo Arcadia
IV: Uncanonical Arts
12. Silver Paper
13. Self Fashioning
14. Masks
15. Four Dozen White Lilies
16. Flowers in the Abstract
17. The Ghost of a Rose
Epilogue

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