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An abrupt holiday within the triumphing modes of creative expression, for plenty of, marks the appearance of modernism within the early 20th century, yet revisionary makes an attempt to pin down an exact second of its emergence stay disputed. History of a Shiver proffers a special technique, tracing the 1st inkling of modernism in its place to the 19th century's fascination with music.

As Jed Rasula deftly indicates, melomania--the ardour for music--gave upward thrust to innovations 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 air of secrecy of expectancy, difficult them to urge musical results by way of their very own ability. With each one paintings desiring to produce the results of one other creative medium, a synesthetic craving ran like a shiver throughout the physique of paintings that will emerge over the following part century. Rasula lines this pan-arts polyphony from German Romantic idea to early experiments in "visual music," encompassing such varied phenomena as American fixation on Arcadia, early movie idea, and the trap of the fourth measurement. the entire whereas, he retains concentrate on the paramount old outcome in raising tune to a brand new common aesthetic general, arguing that Wagnerism was once first between sleek "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 by means of convalescing no longer 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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