The introduction to serves to demonstrate how masks affect how we read modernism in a global context. The authors highlight the performative power of masks and the tension they create when local histories and expression also signal an interaction with a globalized modernity. The tension between the ruptures inherent in modernism and modernity and the representation of self in masks point out a cognizant embrace of the past and help to see modernism in a new light. As we highlight alternate voices and geographies through masks and maskings we refamiliarize ourselves with modernism’s ruptures as evidence of historical particularities. This introduction invites readers to approach the remaining book chapters as opportunities that allow us to read these symbolic and narrative disjunctions as masks in and of themselves.
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