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Modernist Cultural Studies$
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Catherine Driscoll

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034249

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034249.001.0001

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Moving Pictures

Moving Pictures

Cinema as Modernism

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Modernist Cultural Studies

Catherine Driscoll

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the once controversial claim that the revolutionary impact of modernist art might as easily be found in cinema as in “higher” arts like literature, painting, and music. It also extends the inclusion of cinema in canonical modernism to consider both how cinema helped constitute modernism itself and how discourse on cinema, serving as an index of what had changed in modern life, produced the kind of comprehensive narrative about culture now integral to cultural studies. In order to also focus on what cultural studies can say about modernism, the chapter discusses the pivotal modernist tension between mass culture and revolutionary art, considering, on the one hand, avant-garde film and, on the other, auteur cinema, which has both popular and avant-garde forms.

Keywords:   cinema, modernism, cultural studies, mass culture, revolutionary art, avant-garde film, auteur cinema

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