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The Modernist World Edited by Stephen Ross and Allana Lindgren

Each year UVic faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees produce an incredible amount of intellectual content reflecting their breadth and diversity of research, teaching, personal, and professional interests. A list of these works is available here.

The Modernist World, edited by Stephen Ross and Allana Lindgren, is essential reading for those new to the subject as well as more advanced scholars in the area – offering clear introductions alongside new and refreshing insights.

About the Book

The Modernist World is an accessible yet cutting edge volume which redraws the boundaries and connections among interdisciplinary and transnational modernisms. The 61 new essays address literature, visual arts, theatre, dance, architecture, music, film, and intellectual currents. The book also examines modernist histories and practices around the globe, including East and Southeast Asia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and Oceania, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Arab World, as well as the United States and Canada. A detailed introduction provides an overview of the scholarly terrain, and highlights different themes and concerns that emerge in the volume.

This book is part of the Routledge Worlds Series.

About the Editors

Dr. Stephen Ross is an associate professor of English as well as Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at UVic. His specialties are twentieth-century literature, global modernism, and critical theory. His research concentrates on international literary modernism and critical theory. Another of his recent publications is Pointed Roofs, which we highlighted previously.

Dr. Allana Lindgren is an associate professor and Chair of the Theatre department at UVic. Dr. Lindgren was a member of the Executive of the Board of Directors for the Society of Dance History Scholars (a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies) from 2007 to 2010. She is the Dance Subject Editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

As part of her community outreach activities, Dr. Lindgren is the creator and principal researcher for the digital Oral History Dance Project. She has hosted post-show chats for the Canada Dance Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. For Dance Victoria, she has hosted pre-show chats and dance salons, and served on the organization’s Board of Directors.

Praise for the Book

The Modernist World is the latest effort in the ongoing and collaborative project of mapping modernisms around the world. Spanning eight geographical regions and covering film, theater, literature, the visual arts, dance, music, and architecture in each region, Ross and Lindgren establish vital convergences and divergences among interdisciplinary modernisms. What emerges is less a singular understanding of modernism than an appreciation of the provisional, strategic and situation-specific nature of the many modernisms. Encompassing a huge swathe of artistic activity, The Modernist World presents modernisms’ many permutations: their different goals, formal strategies, and periodization. This volume makes a truly magnificent contribution to global modernist studies.” – Laura Winkiel, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

The Modernist World is a remarkable and timely volume. Unique in its multidisciplinary and geographical range, this collection of over fifty essays offers a truly global account of modernist cultural production. More than that, it investigates the shifting signification of the term ‘modernism’ itself as it moves across continents and art forms. It will certainly become an indispensable resource for students and scholars working in the ‘new modernist studies’.” – Anna Snaith, Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature, King’s College London, UK

“Over the course of the last decade, scholars have repeatedly urged that modernism should be approached as a global phenomenon rather than just a European or North American accomplishment. And yet incredibly, there has never been a synoptic reference work to which students might have turned to broaden their horizons. The present compilation is thus long overdue: geographically and thematically comprehensive, it will make its mark on the field for many years to come!” – Tobias Boes, University of Notre Dame, USA

“Because of its excellent breadth and variety, this important collection does more to show the reorientation in modernist studies since the turn of the century than any other volume currently available.” – Peter Childs, Newman University, UK

Charles Batteux: The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle by James O. Young

Each year UVic faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees produce an incredible amount of intellectual content reflecting their breadth and diversity of research, teaching, personal, and professional interests. A list of these works is available here.

Charles Batteux: The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle is the first and only complete English translation of Batteux. This recent title translated, annotated, and introduced by UVic Philosophy faculty member James O. Young, will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the arts and history of ideas.

About the Book

The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle (1746) by Charles Batteux was arguably the most influential work on aesthetics published in the eighteenth century. It influenced every major aesthetician in the second half of the century: Diderot, Herder, Hume, Kant, Lessing, Mendelssohn, and others either adopted his views or reacted against them. It is the work generally credited with establishing the modern system of the arts: poetry, painting, music, sculpture and dance. Batteux’s book is also an invaluable aid to the interpretation of the arts of eighteenth century. And yet there has never been a complete or reliable translation of The Fine Arts into English. Now James O. Young, a leading contemporary philosopher of art, has provided an eminently readable and accurate translation. It is fully annotated and comes with a comprehensive introduction that identifies the figures who influenced Batteux and the writers who were, in turn, influenced by him. The introduction also discusses the ways in which The Fine Arts has continuing philosophical interest. In particular, Young demonstrates that Batteux’s work is an important contribution to aesthetic cognitivism (the view that works of art contribute importantly to knowledge) and that Batteux made a significant contribution to understanding the expressiveness of music. This book will be of interest to everyone interested in the arts of the eighteenth century, French studies, the history of European ideas, and philosophy of art.

About the Author

Dr. James O. Young works on both philosophy of language and philosophy of art. His work in philosophy of language focuses on theories of truth and on the debate between realists and anti-realists. In philosophy of art, he is particularly interested in philosophy of music, art as a source of knowledge, and ontological and moral questions raised by reflection on the arts. Currently he is working on relativism and realism about the truth values of aesthetic judgements. He is also working on a project on intellectual property in the arts.

In addition to his many books, Dr. Young has written over fifty articles in refereed journals. He has also published in journals of archaeology, musicology and psychology. Several of his articles have been reprinted. Some of his work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Russian. His contribution to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, an article on the coherence theory of truth, can be found at http://plato.stanford.edu.

Dr. Young has a practical as well as a philosophical interest in music. He is a harpsichordist and has been Artistic Director of the Early Music Society of the Islands for many years.

Praise for the Book

“…the translation is a great success. It is both readable and, so far as I can tell with the aid of a French dictionary, highly accurate…Young has done a great service by providing this annotated translation.” — Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online

“…Young has done the study of early modern aesthetics a significant service. His translation and notes make Batteux’s work available in a way that it has not been before. Young’s translation… is an important addition to the literature, therefore.” – Dabney Townsend, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism