Exoteric Modernisms: Progressive Era Realism and the Aesthetics of Everyday Life (Hardcover)

Exoteric Modernisms: Progressive Era Realism and the Aesthetics of Everyday Life By Michael J. Collins Cover Image
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This book is an account of how American realism in the Progressive Era contributed to debates about modernity. It uses the anthropological theories of Franz Boas, and Jacques Ranciere's work on aesthetics and politics to develop a mode of reading class and culture that challenges conventional interpretations that pit the two modes of representation in opposition. It paints a picture of the late-nineteenth century, prior to modernism, as an aesthetically exciting, original, and politically radical stage in American life to reinvigorate realism as a radical aesthetic practice, with implications for understandings of American literature both in the past and into the future.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781474456722
ISBN-10: 1474456723
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: September 20th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English