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Spirals – The Whirled Image in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art - Columbia Scholarship Online
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Spirals: The Whirled Image in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art

Nico Israel


This book reveals how spirals are at the heart of the most significant literature and visual art of the twentieth century. Juxtaposing the work of writers and artists—including W. B. Yeats and Vladimir Tatlin, James Joyce and Marcel Duchamp, and Samuel Beckett and Robert Smithson—the book argues that spirals provide a crucial frame for understanding the mutual involvement of modernity, history, and geopolitics, complicating the spatio-temporal logic of literary and artistic genres and of scholarly disciplines. The book takes the spiral not only as its topic but as its method. Drawing on the wr ... More

Keywords: spirals, modernity, literary history, art history, 'pataphysics, Futurism, Vorticism, Surrealism, minimalism, entropic earth art

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231153027
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153027.001.0001


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Nico Israel, author

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