A. Higgott
Columbia University Press | 0231133049 | 2005 | PDF | 240 pages | 3 Mb

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Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life offers a bold new assessment of the role of the domestic sphere in modernist literature, architecture, and design. Elegantly synthesizing modernist literature with architectural plans, room designs, and decorative art, Victoria Rosner's work explores the collaborations among modern British writers, interior designers, and architects in redefining the form, function, and meaning of middle-class private life. Drawing on a host of previously unexamined archival sources and works by figures such as E. M. Forster, Roger Fry, Oscar Wilde, James McNeill Whistler, and Virginia Woolf, Rosner highlights the participation of modernist literature in the creation of an experimental, embodied, and unstructured private life, which we continue to characterize as "modern."


Illustration credits vi
Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1

1 Making it new: the discourses of architecture and modernism in Britain 3

2 The mission of modernism: James Richards and the Architectural Review 33

3 The forgetting of art: the Abercrombie Plan for post-war London 57

4 The shift to the specific: the new interpretation of materiality in Brutalism and the Functional Tradition 85

5 The opposite of architecture: Archigram and Architectural Design in the 1960s 117

6 Searching for the subject: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association School 153

7 Architecture as discourse: rethinking the culture of architecture 189

Select bibliography 205

Index 212


"Rosner's impressive reinterpretations of lives and texts honor her feminist mentor... and constitute a valuable addition to the literature...Highly recommended." -- Choice "An exemplary study of the relationship between artistic and literary experimentation-brilliantly original." -- Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Sehepunkte "Rosner's fruitful examination of individual authors, as well as artists, architects, and designers, provides exciting and fertile ground for future studies." -- Jane Garrity, Modernism/Modernity "This engrossing book... provides exciting and fertile ground for future studies." -- Modernism / Modernity

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