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Class Positions

Andrzej Gąsiorek

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Class Positions

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This article examines class position in modernist art. It discusses Ezra Pound and Alexandr Rodchenko's views on modernism and art, which suggest possible positions that could be adopted by modernists vis-à-vis the question of art's function in the modern world. These include defences of artists' superiority to society, justifications of the value-conferring power of their work, and arguments in favour of art's isolation from politics on the grounds that it depended on its freedom from non-aesthetic concerns. The article highlights the importance of considering social and cultural conditions in providing an account of modernism's relationship to issues of class.

Keywords: modernist art; class position; Ezra Pound; Alexandr Rodchenko; politics; social conditions; cultural conditions

Article.  10709 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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