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The Psychologizing of Modernity
Art, Architecture and History

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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521147637

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  • In The Psychologizing of Modernity Mark Jarzombek examines the impact of psychology on twentieth-century aesthetics. Analysing the interface between psychology, art history and avant-gardist practices, he also reflects on the longevity of the myth of aesthetic individuality as it infiltrated not only avant-garde art, but also history writing. The principal focus of this study is pre-World War II Germany, where theories of empathy and Entartung emerged; and post-war America, where artists, critics and historians gradually shifted from their reliance on psychology to philosophy and theory. Included are discussions of writers such as Heinrich Wölfflin, Ludwig Volkmann, John Dewey, Vincent Scully and Richard Arnheim, among others. The Psychologizing of Modernity is a broad and erudite study of the evolution of modern aesthetic thinking in the fields of art and architectural history.

    • Documents the impact of philosophy and especially psychology on modern art theory
    • Of interdisciplinary interest to philosophers, art historians and psychologists
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521147637
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    A prolegomenon to critical historiography
    Introduction: art psychology, the elusive discipline
    1. The psychologizing of modernity: initial soundings
    2. The body ethos
    3. The vitalist ethos
    4. The social ethos
    5. The literary ethos
    6. Theory activism
    Conclusion: the disciplinary dialectics of art and architecture's intellectual history
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Mark Jarzombek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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