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Author Brown, Judith,
Title Glamour in Six Dimensions : Modernism and the Radiance of Form [Electronic book] / Judith Brown.
Imprint Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2018]

Author Brown, Judith,
Subject American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Glamour in literature.
Modernism (Literature) -- United States.
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain.
Glamour -- Social aspects -- United States.
Glamour -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.
Modernism (Aesthetics) -- Social aspects -- United States.
Modernism (Aesthetics) -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.
Alt Name DeGruyter.
Description 1 online resource (216 p.) : 17 halftones
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Perception -- 2. Violence -- 3. Photography -- 4. Celebrity -- 5. Primitivism -- 6. Cellophane -- Notes -- Index
Summary Glamour is an alluring but elusive concept. We most readily associate it with fashion, industrial design, and Hollywood of the Golden Age, and yet it also shaped the language and interests of high modernism. In Glamour in Six Dimensions, Judith Brown looks at the historical and aesthetic roots of glamour in the early decades of the twentieth century, arguing that glamour is the defining aesthetic of modernism. In the clean lines of modernism she finds the ideal conditions for glamour-blankness, polish, impenetrability, and the suspicion of emptiness behind it all.Brown focuses on several cultural products that she argues helped to shape glamour's meanings: the most significant perfume of the twentieth century, Chanel No. 5; the idea of the Jazz Age and its ubiquitous cigarette; the celebrity photograph; the staging of primitivism; and the invention of a shimmering plastic called cellophane. Alongside these artifacts, she takes up the development, refinement, and analysis of glamour in Anglo-American poetry, film, fiction, and drama of the period. Glamour in Six Dimensions thus asks its reader to see the proximity between the vernacular and elite cultures of modernism, and particularly how glamour was animated by artists working at the crossroads of the mundane and the extraordinary: Wallace Stevens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, Josephine Baker, D. H. Lawrence, Gertrude Stein, Nella Larsen, and others.
Note In English.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jun 2020).
Available through DeGruyter.
ISBN 1501731246
9781501731242 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.7591/9781501731242
OCLC # 1192487565

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