Modernism and Taste

“Taste is dead emotion” – so Wyndham Lewis declares in Blast No. 2. To be a productive force, “[t]aste should become deeper and exclusive: definitely a STRONGHOLD – a point and not a line.” Lewis’ critique of taste is emblematic of a wider modernist concern with the role of discernment, refinement and connoisseurship in art, literature and performance. Taste carries with it a legacy of aristocratic dilettantism and public moralizing ...

Sponsoring Organization(s) : 
The University of Birmingham
Event type: 
Event
Event date: 
Thursday, December 13, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012
Event Location: 
Birmingham, UK
Abstract due date: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Categories: 
American
Interdisciplinary
British
Popular Culture
Literary Theory
1865-1914
20th & 21st Century
20th & 21st Century
Aesthetics
Cultural Studies
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