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Mina Loy's Critical Modernism$
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Laura Scuriatti

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056302

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056302.001.0001

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The Objects of Poetry and the Economics of Art

The Objects of Poetry and the Economics of Art

(p.67) 2 The Objects of Poetry and the Economics of Art
Mina Loy's Critical Modernism

Laura Scuriatti

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on Loy's ambivalent and subtle understanding of the processes underpinning the creation of the economic and symbolic value of artworks, or the economic and cultural processes validating and sustaining their privileged status. Drawing on modernist aesthetics, critical theory and thing theory, the chapter examines early and later texts in dialogue with works by Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, Carl Van Vechten, Marcel Duchamp, Ezra Pound and Walter Benjamin, and shows how Loy proposes a dialogic version of the art work as encounter, collaboration, or event, rather than as a self-contained masterpiece. In this chapter the author analyses the notion of artistic creation as labor, investigates the status of Loy’s poetic objects in relation to the world of commerce and of commodities, and explores Loy’s critical assessment of the author’s signature within the “culture industry”.

Keywords:   Economic value, Symbolic value, labor, masterpiece, collaboration, author’s signature, culture industry, modernist aesthetics

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