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Master Narratives and Their Discontents.

Master Narratives And Their Discontents

James Elkins

Routledge

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The first volume of the new "Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts" series from Routledge, Master Narratives And Their Discontents by James Elkins (E.C. Chadbourne Chair, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago) offers a thoughtful and thought-provoking engagement with the many versions of art history competing in academia today. Professor Elkins argues that the story of modernism and postmodernism is typically told in one of four narratives with works of art being classified as modern or postmodern, and praised for their technical skills, or because of the politics those works appear to embody. Master Narratives And Their Discontents is a work of impeccable scholarship and especially recommended to the attention of students of Art History and inclusion into Art Department and academic library reference collections.
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