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SPIRALS: THE WHIRLED IMAGE IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY LITERATURE AND ART. Nico Israel. Columbia University Press, New York, 2015. Modernist Latitudes. 332 pp. with 76 ills. (9 col.). 21 x 16 cm. LC 2014-28478 ISBN 9780231153027 In English.
Publisher's description: Nico Israel reveals how spirals are at the heart of some of the most significant literature and visual art of the twentieth century. Juxtaposing the work of W. B. Yeats and Vladimir Tatlin, James Joyce and Marcel Duchamp, and Samuel Beckett and Robert Smithson, he argues that spirals provide a crucial frame for understanding the mutual involvement of modernity, history, and geopolitics, complicating the spatio-temporal logic of literary and artistic genres and academic disciplines. Drawing on Walter Benjamin and Alain Badiou, Israel theorizes a way of reading spirals spirally, responding to their dual-directionality and affective dimensionality. Chapters explore 'pataphysics, futurism, vorticism, Dada-surrealism, concentrism, minimalism, and entropic earth art. A coda pairs novelist W. G. Sebald and contemporary artist William Kentridge.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 163360
Hardcover $45.00    

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