The Modernist World is an accessible yet cutting edge volume which redraws the boundaries and connections among interdisciplinary and transnational modernisms. The 61 new essays address literature, visual arts, theatre, dance, architecture, music, film, and intellectual currents. The book also examines modernist histories and practices around the globe, including East and Southeast Asia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and Oceania, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Arab World, as well as the United States and Canada. A detailed introduction provides an overview of the scholarly terrain, and highlights different themes and concerns that emerge in the volume.

The Modernist World is essential reading for those new to the subject as well as more advanced scholars in the area – offering clear introductions alongside new and refreshing insights.

chapter |14 pages


ByStephen Ross, Allana C. Lindgren

part I|74 pages

East and Southeast Asia

chapter Chapter One|8 pages

Contexts for Modernism

Intellectual currents in East Asia
ByChristopher Bush

chapter Chapter Two|8 pages

Building Forwards and Backwards in Time

Architectural modernism in East and Southeast Asia
ByPeter G. Rowe

chapter Chapter Three|9 pages

Modernism and Cinema in East Asia

ByJenny Kwok Wah Lau

chapter Chapter Four|11 pages

Modern Dance in East and Southeast Asia

ByJukka O. Miettinen

chapter Chapter Five|9 pages

Modernist Literary Production in East Asia

ByKaren Thornber

chapter Chapter Six|8 pages

Musical Modernism in Asia

ByFrederick Lau

chapter Chapter Seven|8 pages

Modern and Modernist Theatre and Drama in East and Southeast Asia

ByKevin J. Wetmore

chapter Chapter Eight|11 pages

When was East and Southeast Asia's Modernism in Art?

Comparisons and intersections
BySimon Soon

part II|64 pages

South Asia

chapter Chapter Nine|9 pages

Tousled Temporalities

Modernist practices and intellectual-political currents in South Asia
BySaurabh Dube

chapter Chapter Ten|9 pages

Beyond the Masters

Modernism in South Asian architecture
ByKathleen James-Chakraborty

chapter Chapter Eleven|8 pages

Modernism and Film in South Asia

An Indian perspective
ByRahul Sapra

chapter Chapter Twelve|10 pages

Dance in South Asia

ByKetu H. Katrak

chapter Chapter Thirteen|9 pages

Modernism and its Four Phases

Literature in South Asia
ByVinay Dharwadker

chapter Chapter Fourteen|9 pages

Modernism in South Asian Art Music

ByStanley Scott

chapter Chapter Fifteen|8 pages

Visual Arts in South Asia

ByParul Dave-Mukherji, Simone Wille, AKM Khademul Haque, T. Sanathanan

part III|72 pages

Sub-Saharan Africa

chapter Chapter Sixteen|9 pages

Modernization, Development Studies and Modernity in Current African Debates

ByYahia Mahmoud

chapter Chapter Seventeen|10 pages

From ‘Progress' to Post-Colonial Relics

Modernist architecture and design in Africa
ByWilliam Cunningham Bissell

chapter Chapter Eighteen|9 pages

Defining Afro-Modernism

African cinema's response to modernity
ByLizelle Bisschoff

chapter Chapter Nineteen|6 pages

Modernism and African Dance

Reinventing traditions
ByKariamu Welsh

chapter Chapter Twenty|8 pages

Modernism in Sub-Saharan African Literature 1

ByNicholas Meihuizen

chapter Chapter Twenty-One|9 pages

Music and Modernism in Africa

ByTsitsi Jaji

chapter Chapter Twenty-Two|8 pages

‘A Range of Modernisms'

Sub-Saharan African theatre and the modernist world
ByChukwuma Okoye

chapter Chapter Twenty-Three|11 pages

Modernism in Africanist Art History

The making of a new discipline
ByPrita Meier

part IV|74 pages

Australia and Oceania

chapter Chapter Twenty-Four|8 pages

The Experience of Aboriginality in the Creation of the Radically New

Modernist intellectual currents in Australasia 1
ByDavid Macarthur

chapter Chapter Twenty-Five|10 pages

Indigenous Conciliations with American Modernity

Architecture and design in Oceania
ByDavina Jackson

chapter Chapter Twenty-Six|10 pages

Modernism and Film in Australia and the Pacific

The Australasian experience
ByAnthony Lambert

chapter Chapter Twenty-Seven|10 pages

Imported and Homegrown

Dancing modernists in Oceania
ByAmanda Card

chapter Chapter Twenty-Eight|8 pages

Defining Nations

Modernist literature in Australia and the Pacific Islands
ByMatthew Hall

chapter Chapter Twenty-Nine|9 pages

Australian Musical First Modernism

ByGraeme Skinner

chapter Chapter Thirty|9 pages

Staging Modernity in the ‘New Oceania’

Modernism in Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Islands theatre
ByDavid O’Donnell

chapter Chapter Thirty-One|8 pages

The Modern Primitive and the Antipodes

The visual arts and Oceania
ByAnn Stephen, Andrew McNamara

part V|74 pages


chapter Chapter Thirty-Two|10 pages

‘A Rare Moment of Crisis’

Modernist intellectual currents in Europe
ByIrene Gammel, Cathy Waszczuk

chapter Chapter Thirty-Three|10 pages

Modernist Architecture and Design in Europe

ByMichael Johnson

chapter Chapter Thirty-Four|8 pages

Envisioning the Scene of the Modern

Modernism and European cinema
ByMichael Valdez Moses

chapter Chapter Thirty-Five|10 pages

Inventing Abstraction?

Modernist dance in Europe
ByJuliet Bellow, Nell Andrew

chapter Chapter Thirty-Six|8 pages

Literature in Europe

ByVassiliki Kolocotroni

chapter Chapter Thirty-Seven|9 pages

Modernism in European Music

ByStephen Downes

chapter Chapter Thirty-Eight|9 pages

Modernism and European Drama/Theatre

ByClaire Warden

chapter Chapter Thirty-Nine|8 pages

Modernist Painting in and Around Paris

The city as site, subject, and structure, 1880–1939
ByAra H. Merjian

part VI|64 pages

Latin America

chapter Chapter Forty|8 pages

Modernist Intellectual Currents in Latin America

ByAmy A. Oliver

chapter Chapter Forty-One|9 pages

Architectural Latin American Modernism

Twentieth-century politics, historiography and the academic debate
ByFelipe Hernández

chapter Chapter Forty-Two|9 pages

Racialized Dance Modernisms in Lusophone and Spanish-Speaking Latin America

ByJose Luis Reynoso

chapter Chapter Forty-Three|8 pages

Latin America's Multiple Literary Modernisms

ByEmily McGinn

chapter Chapter Forty-Four|8 pages

Renovation, Rupture, and Restoration

The modernist musical experience in Latin America
ByAlejandro L. Madrid

chapter Chapter Forty-Five|9 pages

Modernism's Unfinished Stage

Theatre in Latin America
BySarah J. Townsend

chapter Chapter Forty-Six|11 pages

Beyond Centre-Periphery

Modernism in Latin American art
ByTatiana Flores

part VII|62 pages

Middle East and the Arab World

chapter Chapter Forty-Seven|8 pages

Accommodating an Unexpected Guest

The intellectual trends of modernity in the Middle East
ByKaveh Tagharobi, Ali Zarei

chapter Chapter Forty-Eight|8 pages

Cinema and Modernity in the Middle East

Post-colonial newness and realism
ByWalid El Khachab

chapter Chapter Forty-Nine|9 pages

Modernism and Dance in the Middle East and North Africa

ByStavros Stavrou Karayanni

chapter Chapter Fifty|8 pages

The Crisis of the Present

Literature in the Middle East and North Africa 1
ByAnna Bernard

chapter Chapter Fifty-One|9 pages

Modernization and Westernization in Eastern Music

ByAmnon Shiloah

chapter Chapter Fifty-Two|7 pages

Arab Theatre between Tradition and Modernity

ByDina Amin

chapter Chapter Fifty-Three|11 pages

Modernism and the Visual Arts in the Middle East and North Africa

ByNada Shabout

part VIII|73 pages

Canada and the United States

chapter Chapter Fifty-Four|8 pages

Modernist Intellectual Currents in Canada and the United States

ByLeif Sorensen

chapter Chapter Fifty-Five|10 pages

Modernist Architecture and Design in Canada and the United States

ByRhodri Windsor Liscombe

chapter Chapter Fifty-Six|9 pages

Cinema Modernisms in Canada and the United States

ByJuan A. Suárez

chapter Chapter Fifty-Seven|10 pages

Embodied Modernism

Dance in Canada and the United States
ByAllana C. Lindgren

chapter Chapter Fifty-Eight|8 pages

Modernist Literature in Canada and the United States

ByGregory Betts

chapter Chapter Fifty-Nine|9 pages

Modernism and Music in Canada and the United States

ByDavid Cecchetto, Jeremy Strachan

chapter Chapter Sixty|8 pages

Theatrical Modernism

Canada and the United States
ByAlan Filewod

chapter Chapter Sixty-One|9 pages

Modernism in the Visual Arts in Canada and the United States

ByDiana Nemiroff