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Modernism and the Metropolis: Lights, Camera, Consciousness

31st August 2011, 17:30 to 18:30, Alington House, Durham, Avishek Parui

A Late Summer Public Lecture organised by postgraduates in the Department of English Studies.

Modernism as an art movement exists in a complex relationship with the twentieth century metropolis. Modernism was most strongly marked by the emerging technologies that shaped its corresponding cultural conditions. New questions of time, space and consciousness began to emerge. Cinema was viewed as a massive commercial machine as well as an innovative art form that could offer new identities in time and space. Unsurprisingly, the twentieth century metropolis with its architecture of human sensibilities offered itself as the most appropriate subject for cinema. In my paper I seek to study how both early cinema and Modernist literature were influenced by the city and attempt to study the perspectives in the representation of the metropolis in the cinematic and literary texts of Modernism; with their innovative treatments of time, space and human identity.

Contact late-summer.lectures@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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