Category Archives: modernism

More than just a tree: Avatar and Heidegger’s “Standing Reserve”

James Cameron’s Avatar is by no means an original work. In one comedic picture after the movie aired, the Huffington Post derisively labeled it “’Pocahontas’ in Space.”[1]  Moreover, it is not the only example of media that tries to espouse the viewer to think critically about our own relationship with nature and the world around […] Continue reading

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Telegraphic Realism and Modernist Aesthetics

Henry James’ style of writing in his short novel In the Cage at first seems nothing like the compressed, imagist ideals of Ezra Pound. But perhaps examining some of Pound’s essays, including one on James, in conjunction with Richard Menke’s exami… Continue reading

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Objectivity and the Persona of the Artist

One of the recurrent images considered in Daston and Galison’s book Objectivity is that of the artist in contrast with the scientist. The most extensive discussion of this relation comes in chapter two, where generally in the eighteenth century, “t… Continue reading

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