March 03, 2007

Épater le Bourgeois

"This [notoriety] suited Ibsen: scandalising the bourgeoisie was the best way of becoming a certified Modern." — Martin Puchner reviewing Toril Moi's "Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism" in a recent LRB. Well yes — bourgeois scandalising the bourgeoisie would seem to be the very definition of a model Modern movement. Postmodernism? A project concerned mostly with celebrating the bourgeoisie with faint praise.

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At 3/04/2007 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Days of relative innocence back then. Even 'there's nothing more bourgeois than being afraid to look bourgeois'...
Since then, well... not much new, a lot of mixing, assembling.
Ha! Collage still wins as a process.

 
At 3/05/2007 9:43 PM, Blogger Jimmy Little said...

Days of relative innocence, indeed... Collage? Stew! (But then I'd prefer that to a stringent Modernist plate).

 

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