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An abrupt holiday within the winning modes of creative expression, for plenty of, marks the appearance of modernism within the early 20th century, yet revisionary makes an attempt to pin down an actual second of its emergence stay disputed. History of a Shiver proffers a special strategy, tracing the 1st inkling of modernism in its place to the 19th century's fascination with music.

As Jed Rasula deftly exhibits, melomania--the ardour for music--gave upward push to ideas like Richard Wagner's "endless melody" and the Gesamtkunstwerk, or overall murals, which in flip infused the humanities of the fin de siècle with an air of mystery of expectancy, demanding them to urge musical results through their very own capability. With every one paintings intending to produce the consequences of one other inventive medium, a synesthetic craving ran like a shiver in the course of the physique of paintings that will emerge over the subsequent part century. Rasula strains this pan-arts polyphony from German Romantic conception to early experiments in "visual music," encompassing such diversified phenomena as American fixation on Arcadia, early movie thought, and the entice of the fourth size. all of the whereas, he retains concentrate on the paramount historic final result in raising tune to a brand new common aesthetic commonplace, arguing that Wagnerism was once first between sleek "isms."

In surveying this momentous interaction between arts, History of a Shiver levels from literature, song and portray to theatre, cinema, dance, images, and civic pageantry. It retells the tale of modernism by way of convalescing no longer an concept, yet a feeling--the hair-raising capability for every portray, literary textual content, or musical composition to bring in an exceptional area of human enterprise.

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