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Planetary ModernismsProvocations on Modernity Across Time$
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Susan Stanford Friedman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170901

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170901.001.0001

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Definitional Excursions

Definitional Excursions

(p.19) One Definitional Excursions
Planetary Modernisms

Susan Stanford Friedman

Columbia University Press

The chapter reviews the definitional debates about the meanings of the terms modern, modernism, and modernity across the humanities and social sciences. It demonstrates that the various meanings and often opposite meanings of the terms repeat the contradictory core of modernity itself and deserve interrogation. It argues that definitional debates often repeat the contradictions of modernity itself; contrasts nominal versus relational definitions; and it shows how modernist studies often embodies the hermeneutic circle, the binary of inclusion/exclusion, and the metonymic histories of iconic figures. Such definitions of modernism typically exclude a plurality of different modernities.

Keywords:   modernist studies, modernity, modernism, modern, definition, literary history

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