Countervisions of Modernity: David Roberts, The Total Work of Art in European Modernism
CRITICAL HORIZONS | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016
David Roberts's The Total Work of Art in European Modernism extends and deepens the analysis of the counter-paradigm of redemptively inspired art to modernism's own pre-occupation with secularization. It addresses the imbalance in social and critical theory whereby progressive secular rationalization has been elevated to the sole logic of modernity, and the romantic redemptive tradition has been reduced to a marginal counter-enlightenment. The total work of art paradigm allows Roberts to demonstrate how the programme of modernity has been constituted by internal tensions and antinomies from the very beginning.