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Challenging Modernity


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Chapter 1. Post Modernism: Where We Are and How We Got Here

  • The Death of God and the Beginning of Modernity
  • The Postmodern Critique of Modernity
  • Putting Postmodernism into Perspective
  • Modernism and Postmodernism as Artistic Responses

Chapter 2. Dada and the Trappings of Modernity

  • The Search for Alternative Paradigms
  • The Natural Order
  • The Transcendence of Art
  • Ball and Catholicism
  • Political Engagement
  • Freud
  • Modern Solutions to Modern Problems

Chapter 3. A Bridge to the Postmodern

  • Dada and the Revolt Against Pre-Modern Paradigms
  • Dada and the Revolt Against Modern Paradigms
  • Dada Against Western Philosophy
  • Dada Against Reason
  • Dada Against Humanism
  • Dada Against History
  • Dada Against Utopias
  • Dada Against Marx
  • Dada Against Freud
  • Dada Against Science and Technology
  • Dada: For and Against Chaos
  • Dada: A Postmodern Attitude?
  • Dada, Postmodernism, and The Negative Speed

Chapter 4. Voicing the Other

  • 'Primitivism'
  • Childhood and the Fabulous
  • Madness
  • The Feminine
  • Transgender
  • Dada as Other

Chapter 5. Celebrating Life

  • Being Serious
  • The Nature of the Game: A Closer Examination
  • The Look
  • Carnival
  • The Subversion of Binarisms
  • Dada as Incomprehensible
  • Celebrating Life: Dada, Postmodernism, and The Positive Speed

Chapter 6. Visions of Change

  • The Role of Intellectuals
  • The Potential for Change

Chapter 7. (Anti)Art

  • The Desacralisation of Art
  • Irony
  • Defrocking the Artist
  • The Art Market
  • High versus Low Culture
  • Ephemerality
  • Art versus Life
  • The Legacy of Rebellion

Chapter 8. Working in the Gap Between Art and Life

  • Revitalising the Margins
  • Juxtaposition
  • Chance
  • Simultaneity
  • The Absurd
  • Word Games
  • Sound and Visual Poetry
  • The Assault on Closure
  • Dada: A Postmodern Art?

Chapter 9. Dada in Relation to its Artistic Environment

  • Cubism
  • Futurism
  • Expressionism
  • Surrealism

Chapter 10. Perspectives on a (Post)Modern Future

  • Is Postmodernism Impractical?
  • Is Postmodernism Still Modern After All?
  • Dada: Caught Between Modern and Postmodern
  • Learning from Dada


About the Author

Mark A. Pegrum teaches in the German and French Departments of The University of Western Australia.

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