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Published: 11 March 2021 (Estimated)

432 Pages | 23 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198851448

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The Vertical Imagination and the Crisis of Transatlantic Modernism

Paul Haacke

  • Rethinks modernist discourse from the rise of the twentieth century to the post-1945 and post-9/11 periods
  • Shows how ideas of vertical metaphors (up and down and high and low) became central for re-envisioning the meaning of modernity
  • Develops a comparative approach to major and lesser-known works of European and American literature as well as intellectual and cultural history, architecture, and film
  • Engages with inter-disciplinary work in critical theory, urban and environmental studies, film and media studies, transnationalism and empire, and new materialisms and secularisms
  • Studies a wide range of authors including Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, John Dos Passos, Guillaume Apollinaire, Hart Crane, Aimé Césaire, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Leslie Marmon Silko