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An abrupt holiday within the winning modes of creative expression, for plenty of, marks the arrival of modernism within the early 20th century, yet revisionary makes an attempt to pin down an actual second of its emergence stay disputed. History of a Shiver proffers a special procedure, tracing the 1st inkling of modernism as an alternative to the 19th century's fascination with music.

As Jed Rasula deftly indicates, melomania--the ardour for music--gave upward push to techniques like Richard Wagner's "endless melody" and the Gesamtkunstwerk, or overall murals, which in flip infused the humanities of the fin de siècle with an charisma of expectancy, difficult them to urge musical results through their very own ability. With each one paintings intending to produce the results of one other inventive medium, a synesthetic craving ran like a shiver during the physique of artwork that might emerge over the following part century. Rasula strains this pan-arts polyphony from German Romantic concept to early experiments in "visual music," encompassing such diversified phenomena as American fixation on Arcadia, early movie conception, and the entice of the fourth measurement. all of the whereas, he retains specialise in the paramount old end result in raising track to a brand new common aesthetic commonplace, arguing that Wagnerism was once first between glossy "isms."

In surveying this momentous interaction between arts, History of a Shiver levels from literature, song and portray to theatre, cinema, dance, images, and civic pageantry. It retells the tale of modernism through improving now not an idea, yet a feeling--the hair-raising power for every portray, literary textual content, or musical composition to bring in an unheard of area of human enterprise.

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