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date: 15 September 2019

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The chapter considers the dates at which modernism might be taken to have started and ended, and the ideological and aesthetic judgements we implicitly make when we periodize the movement. It examines the history of the idea of 1922 as modernism’s annus mirabilis, and its consequences for the modernist canon. It asks about the value of tying aesthetic modernism to socio-historical modernity. It presents a taxonomy of the different modernities currently in use, and examines how modernity was treated by the New Criticism and how it has figured in feminist and Marxist accounts of modernism. It concludes by examining transnational accounts of modernism, and investigating the assumptions about modernism and modernity that they involve.

Keywords: modernism, modernisms, modernity, modernities, chronology, canon, transnationalism, periodization

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