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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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A Debate with Myself

A Debate with Myself

(p.311) Conclusion A Debate with Myself
Planetary Modernisms

Susan Stanford Friedman

Columbia University Press

Written in the stylized form of a debate (on the one hand; on the other hand), this conclusion both summarizes the book’s general arguments and serves as a stand-alone chapter outlining the case against and for an expanded, expansive, and planetary modernist studies. Debates include scale; expansion; modern vs. non-modern; postmodernity and the contemporary; tradition; terminological entropy; hermeneutic circle; modernity as “Western” concept; modernism as Western aesthetics; modernization as westernization; empire; gender; and institutional pragmatism. The book concludes with the recognition that debates about modernity and modernism are inevitably interminable, that the book will not still those debates, but that the planetary approach is better suited to the intensely globalized world of the twenty-first century.

Keywords:   Modernism, modernity, postcolonialism, scale, planetarity, Western, Institutional pragmatism

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