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The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Culture
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Modernism emerged alongside radical challenges to traditional belief systems, the reorganization of public and private spheres, new modes of visual display, and innovations in recreation and entertainment. This interdisciplinary collection focuses on the diverse inventions, products, pastimes, and creative forms that responded to and inspired American and European literature. This volume explores such wide-ranging subjects as religion, dance, and publishing, thus introducing readers to the diversity of modernist culture. The Companion serves as a valuable resource for both those undertaking the study of modernism for the first time and those seeking to expand their knowledge of modernism's cultural moment.


‘While each essay can stand alone as an excellent starting point for students new to the topic, the book is also highly engaging as a cover to cover read as it combines sharp, incisive essays with thoughtful organization.’

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'For undergraduate and postgraduate students new to the cultural contexts of modernism … this volume will be a very valuable companion. With its concise, engaging chapters by subject specialists, it also supplies a handy resource for the scholar.'

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  • 6 - Fashion
    pp 96-110

Further Reading

Shaping Worldviews

Albright, Daniel. Quantum Poetics: Yeats, Pound, Eliot, and the Science of Modernism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Armstrong, Tim. Modernism, Technology and the Body. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Berman, Marshall. All That Is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982.
Bhabha, Homi. The Location of Culture. London: Routledge, 1994.
Bussey, Gertrude, and Margaret Tims. Pioneers for Peace: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom 1915–1965, reprint ed. London: WILF, 1980.
Childs, Donald J.Modernism and Eugenics: Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the Culture of Degeneration. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Danius, Sara. The Senses in Modernism: Technology, Perception, and Aesthetics. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2002.
Doan, Laura. Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.
Eagle, Chris. Dysfluencies: On Speech Disorders in Modern Literature. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
Erikson, Gregory. The Absence of God in Modernist Literature. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Eysteinsson, Astradur. The Concept of Modernism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.
Gordon, Craig A.Literary Modernism, Bioscience, and Community in Early Twentieth-Century Britain. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Gottlieb, Julie V.Feminine Fascism: Women in Britain’s Fascist Movement. London: I.V. Tauris, 2003.
Hammill, Faye. Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2010.
Haslam, Beryl. Suffrage to Internationalism: The Political Evolution of Three British Feminists, 1908–1939. New York: Lang, 1999.
Hobson, Suzanne. Angels of Modernism: Religion, Culture, Aesthetics. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Kittler, Friedrich. Gramophone, Film, Typewriter. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.
Lewis, Pericles. Religious Experience and the Modernist Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Maude, Ulrika. Beckett, Technology and the Body. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Miller, Cristanne. “Religion, History, and Modernism’s Protest Against the ‘Uncompaniable Drawl // of Certitude.’” Religion and Literature 41 (2009), 259–69.
Owen, Alex. The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2004.
Peppis, Paul. Sciences of Modernism: Ethnography, Sexology, and Psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Regan, Lisa. Winifred Holtby’s Social Vision: “Members One of Another.”London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012.
Ronell, Avital. The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.
Said, Edward, Culture and Imperialism. London: Vintage Books, 1993/1994.
Salisbury, Laura, and Andrew Shail. Neurology and Modernity: A Cultural History of Nervous Systems, 1800–1950. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 2007.
Tonning, Erik. Modernism and Christianity. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Weeks, Jeffrey. Sex, Politics and Society: The Regulation of Sexuality since 1800. New York: Longman 1981; 2nd edition, 1989.

Visual Culture

Altshuler, Bruce. Salon to Biennial – Exhibitions That Made Art History. 2 vols. New York: Phaidon, 2008.
Arnason, H.H., and Elizabeth C. Mansfield. History of Modern Art. 7th edition. Boston: Pearson, 2012.
Baudelaire, Charles. The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays. Trans. Jonathan Mayne. London: Phaidon, 1995.
Brown, Judith. Glamour in Six Dimensions: Modernism and the Radiance of Form. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
Bürger, Peter. Theory of the Avant-Garde. Trans. Michael Shaw. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984.
Burstein, Jessica. Cold Modernism: Literature, Fashion, Art. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012.
Clark, T.J.The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984.
Conor, Liz. The Spectacular Modern Woman: Feminine Visibility in the 1920s. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
Crary, Jonathan. Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999.
Drucker, Johanna. The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909–1923. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Ellis, Jack C.A History of Film. 2nd edition. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1985.
Elsaesser, Thomas, ed. Early Cinema: Space Frame Narrative. London: British Film Institute, 1990.
Evans, Caroline. The Mechanical Smile: Modernism and the First Fashion Shows in France and America, 1900–1929. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.
Franko, Mark. Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.
Leach, William. Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of the New American Culture. New York: Vintage, 1993.
Leyda, Jay. Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.
Manning, Susan. Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004.
McCarren, Felicia. Dancing Machines: Choreographies of the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003.
Nevett, T.R.Advertising in Britain. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1982.
North, Michael. Machine-Age Comedy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Outka, Elizabeth. Consuming Traditions: Modernism, Modernity, and the Commodified Authentic. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Parkinson, David. History of Film. London: Thames and Hudson, 1995.
Perloff, Marjorie. The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant Guerre, and the Language of Rupture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.
Pippin, Robert B.Modernism as a Philosophical Problem: On the Dissatisfactions of European High Culture. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
Steele, Valerie. Fashion and Eroticism: Ideals of Feminine Beauty from the Victorian Era to the Jazz Age. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.
Wilson, Elizabeth. Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity. 1985. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2003.


Balfour, John Patrick Douglas (Baron Kinross). Society Racket. A Critical Survey of Modern Social Life, Etc. London: John Long, 1933.
Booth, Howard J., and Nigel Rigby, eds. Modernism and Empire. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000.
Bornstein, George. Material Modernism: The Politics of the Page. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Friedman, Susan Stanford. “Periodizing Modernism: Postcolonial Modernities and the Space/Time Borders of Modernist Studies.” Modernism/Modernity 13.3 (2006), 425–33.
Gems, Gerald, Linda Borish, and Gertrud Pfister. Sports in American History. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2008.
Gordon, Beverly. The Saturated World: Aesthetic Meaning, Intimate Objects, Women’s Lives, 1890–1940. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006.
Graves, Charles. Champagne and Chandeliers: The Story of the Café de Paris. London: Odhams and Long Acre, 1958.
Graves, Robert, and Alan Hodge. The Long Week-End: A Social History of Great Britain 1918–1939. New York: W.W. Norton, 1994.
Guttmann, Allen. From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports. New York: Columbia University Press, 1978. Revised 2001.
Guttmann, AllenA Whole New Ball Game. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.
Heap, Chad. Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885–1940. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Holt, Richard. Sport and Society in Modern France. London: Macmillan, 1981.
Holt, RichardSport and the British. London: Oxford University Press, 1989.
Kern, Stephen. The Culture of Time and Space, 1880–1918. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1983/2003.
Marek, Jayne E.Women Editing Modernism: “Little” Magazines and Literary History. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 1995.
Miller, Monica. “The Black Dandy as Bad Modernist.” In Douglas Mao and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, eds., Bad Modernisms. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006, 179–205.
Otte, Marline. Jewish Identities in German Popular Entertainment, 1890–1933. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Pennybacker, Susan Dabney. From Scottsboro to Munich: Race and Political Culture in 1930s Britain. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.
Platt, Len. Musical Comedy on the West End Stage, 1890–1939. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2004.
Rainey, Lawrence. Institutions of Modernism: Literary Elites and Public Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.
Simon, Andy. “Black British Swing: The African Diaspora’s Contribution to England’s Own Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s.” Dec. 22, 2012.
Taylor, D.J.Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London’s Jazz Age. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2009.
Walkowitz, Judith R.Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.
Weinbaum, Alys Eve, Modern Girl Around the World Research Group, ed. The Modern Girl around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.
White, Jerry. London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People. London, New York: Viking, 2001.


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