The Pulse of Modernism
Physiological Aesthetics in Fin-de-Siècle Europe
Robert Michael Brain
Robert Brain traces the origins of artistic modernism to specific technologies of perception developed in late-nineteenth-century laboratories. Brain argues that the thriving fin-de-siècle field of "physiological aesthetics," which sought physiological explanations for the capacity to appreciate beauty and art, changed the way poets, artists, and musicians worked and brought a dramatic transformation to the idea of art itself.
- Published: 2015. Paperback October 2016
- Subject Listing: Art History; Literary Studies; Science and Technology Studies
- Bibliographic information: 384 pp., 61 bandw illus., 7 x 9 in.
- Territorial rights: World Rights
- Series: In Vivo
Robert Michael Brain is associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia.
"This terrific book brings forward new research on techniques of science, art, politics and philosophy, finding hidden connections between these only seemingly disparate worlds and providing a fresh and inspiring reconceptualization of European modernism."
-John Tresch, University of Pennsylvania
Part 1: Experimentalizing Life
1. Representation on the Line
2. The Vibratory Organism
3. Visible Speech
Part 2: Experimentalizing Art
4. Algorithms of Pleasure
5. Liberating Verse
6. Sensory Fusion
7. Art for Life's Sake