1913: The year of French modernism

Edited by Effie Rentzou and André Benhaïm

1913: The year of French modernism


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4502-4
  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: August 2020
  • BIC Category: LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century, French, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -


1913: The year of French modernism is the first book to respond to two deceptively simple questions: "What constituted modernism in France?" and "What is the place of France on the map of global modernism?" Taking its cue from the seminal year 1913, an annus mirabilis for literature and art, the book captures a snapshot of vibrant creativity in France and a crucial moment for the quickly emerging modernism throughout the world. Essays from specialists on works of literature, art, photography and cinema which were created or made public in and around 1913, outline in a dazzling fresco the protagonists, strategies and genres, the dynamics, themes, and legacies of what was French modernism.


Introduction - Effie Rentzou

Part I: 1913, French modernism and historical time
1 Prehistoric Proust - André Benhaïm
2 Fantômas and the shudder of history - Jonathan P. Eburne
3 Inventing, collecting and classifying in the margins: the work of Eugène Atget, a shift in photographic representation - Guillaume Le Gall
4 The anxious centre - Effie Rentzou
5 1913, the year of the arrière-garde? - William Marx

Part II: 1913, 'French' and 'modernism' in question
6 A modernism that has not yet been: untimely Segalen - Christopher Bush
7 On situating French modernism: the strange location(s) of Le Grand Meaulnes - David R. Ellison
8 Les Caves du Vatican and the real novel - Gerald Prince
9 1913, between peace and war: Chagall's Homage to Apollinaire and the European avant-garde - Annette Becker

Part III: 1913, French modernism and intermediality
10 Camille Flammarion's flash-forward: the cinematicization of French thought and aesthetics (1867-1913) - Christophe Wall-Romana
11 How 'simultaneous' is it? Revisiting the Delaunay-Cendrars collaboration on La Prose du Transsibérien - Marjorie Perloff
12 Mallarmé's modernity in 1913 - Virginie A. Duzer
13 Poetry displaced: Nijinsky, Delaunay, Duchamp - Mary Shaw
14 Behind Picasso's pins - Lisa Florman

Part IV: Coda: on modernism, beyond France and 1913
15 1913, the future in the past - Jean-Michel Rabaté
16 The paradox and promise of the 'new' French Modernist Studies - Susan Stanford Friedman


Effie Rentzou is an Associate Professor of French at Princeton University
André Benhaïm is an Associate Professor of French at Princeton University

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