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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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Modernity’s Modernisms

Modernity’s Modernisms

Aesthetic Scale and Pre-1500 Modernisms

(p.183) Five Modernity’s Modernisms
Planetary Modernisms

Susan Stanford Friedman

Columbia University Press

The chapter argues that modernism is not a single style, movement or period; instead, modernism is best understood as the aesthetic dimension of any given modernity, interacting with other society domains such as politics, economics, military, culture, etc. It tests the usefulness of this approach to modernism with a reading of three pre-1500 modernisms: Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu in the context of the An Lushan Rebellion; north Indian poet-singer Kabir (15th century) in the context of Tammerlane’s conquest and mass conversion campaign; and the story of the innovative cobalt blue and luster glazes of Basra potters during the Abbasid Caliphate.

Keywords:   Modernism, Modernity, Empire, trade, Du Fu, Kabir, Abbasids, Iraqi ceramics and cobalt blue

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