By Carrie J. Preston

The traditional international served as an unconventional resource of thought for a new release of modernists. Drawing on examples from literature, dance, images, and picture, Modernism's Mythic Pose argues pressure of antimodern-classicism permeates modernist celebrations of novelty, surprise, and technology.

The touchstone of Preston's research is Delsartism--the renowned transnational stream which promoted mythic statue--posing, poetic recitation, and different hybrid solo performances for wellbeing and fitness and religious improvement. Derived from nineteenth-century performing theorist François Delsarte and principally prepared through girls, Delsartism formed modernist performances, genres, and concepts of gender. Even Ezra Pound, a well-known promoter of the "new," made old figures converse within the "old" style of the dramatic monologue and played public recitations. recuperating precedents in nineteenth-century well known entertainments and Delsartism's hybrid performances, this booklet considers the canonical modernists Pound and T. S. Eliot, lesser-known poets like Charlotte Mew, the Russian filmmaker Lev Kuleshov, Isadora Duncan the foreign dance superstar, and H.D. as poet and picture actor.

Preston's interdisciplinary engagement with functionality, poetics, sleek dance, and silent movie demonstrates that reports of modernism frequently overemphasize breaks with the previous. Modernism additionally posed delusion in an ambivalent courting to modernity, a halt within the march of development which could functionality as escapism, skeptical critique, or a determine for the demise of gods and civilizations.

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