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Modernism and Still Life: Artists, Writers, Dancers

Claudia Tobin


The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been characterised as the ‘age of speed’ but they also witnessed a reanimation of still life across different art forms. This book takes an original approach to still life in modern literature and the visual arts by examining the potential for movement and transformation in the idea of stillness and the ordinary. It proposes that still life can be understood not only as a genre of visual art but also as a mode of attentiveness and a way of being in the world. It ranges widely in its material, taking Cézanne and literary responses to his st ... More

Keywords: Modernism, Still life, Stillness, Movement, Virginia Woolf, Twentieth Century, Cézanne, Wallace Stevens, modern dance, vibration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474455138
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Tobin, author