By Greg Barnhisel
Ecu intellectuals of the Fifties brushed off American tradition as not anything greater than cowboy video clips and the A-bomb. In reaction, American cultural diplomats attempted to teach that the us had anything to supply past army could and advertisement exploitation. via literary magazines, touring artwork shows, traveling musical exhibits, radio courses, publication translations, and meetings, they deployed the progressive aesthetics of modernism to prove--particularly to the leftists whose chilly struggle loyalties they was hoping to secure--that American artwork and literature have been aesthetically wealthy and culturally significant.
Yet via repurposing modernism, American diplomats and cultural specialists grew to become the avant-garde into the institution. They remade the as soon as innovative circulation right into a content-free number of inventive ideas and kinds compatible for middlebrow intake. chilly conflict Modernists records how the CIA, the kingdom division, and personal cultural diplomats remodeled modernist artwork and literature into pro-Western propaganda through the first decade of the chilly struggle. Drawing on interviews, formerly unknown archival fabrics, and the tales of such figures and associations as William Faulkner, Stephen Spender, Irving Kristol, James Laughlin, and Voice of the USA, Barnhisel finds how the U.S. executive reconfigured modernism as a trans-Atlantic circulation, a joint exercise among American and eu artists, with profound implications for the artwork that and for the nature of yankee identification.
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One of the most serious critiques of aesthetic autonomy is that it denies the artists entanglement in the system of class, imagining that the leisured cult of pure forms banishes the world of ordinary work and its hierarchies. But I will show that because of the aesthetic character of domestic service, in fiction and in the real world, service sheds a particularly clear light on the relation between aesthetes and workers, between art for arts sake and work for a wage. That relation shows us that the aestheticist and modernist version of autonomy from labor is not what we might expect: it is relative and contextual, sensitive to the ways autonomous form carries troubling social entanglements along with it.
26 Accordingly, though the appearance of formal closure or formal distinction may undergird powerful claims to aesthetic autonomy, that appearance itself depends on the conventions of the literary field and its relation to other fields. The shifting senses of form will be especially important in the next chapter, where I offer one way of historicizing novelistic form through its relation to domestic labor, on one hand, and social "good form" or decorum on the other. 27 26. Indeed, Ejxenbaum sees the culmination of Formalism as doing away with the notion of content altogether; see Boris M.