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The Age of Modernism

Benjamin Harshav

in Language in Time of Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1993 | ISBN: 9780520079588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520079588.003.0016
The Age of Modernism

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This chapter begins by hinting at parallels between the revolution of Jews and the age of Modernism in literature and the arts. Modernism impressed all of Jewish culture and literature and, vice versa, many who were active in general Modernism were Jews. Joining general culture was especially convenient at a point where the whole previous tradition seemed to be overthrown. The radical impetus that freed the individual Jew from his community ties was an asset for any avant-garde. However, the more profound issue lies in the similarity of central phenomena and the historic roots of these two simultaneous movements. In Modernism, artists and means of expression from the periphery came to the center: in art, in society, and in politics. This is also true of the Jews who entered general culture from the place of an “anti-society.”.

Keywords: revolution; Jews; Modernism; literature; arts; movements; society; politics

Chapter.  837 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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