The Culture of Spontaneity: Improvisation and the Arts in Postwar America

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University of Chicago Press, 1999 - 343 Seiten
The Culture of Spontaneity is the first comprehensive history of the postwar avant-garde, integrating such diverse moments in American culture as abstract expressionism, bebop jazz, gestalt therapy, Black Mountain College, Jungian psychology, beat poetry, experimental dance, Zen Buddhism, Alfred North Whitehead's cosmology, and the antinuclear movement. Daniel Belgrad shows how a startling variety of artistic movements actually had one unifying theme: spontaneous improvisation.


"A compelling narrative, putting living flesh on shorthand intuitions that connect North Beach to Black Mountain College, Fenollosa to Pollock, Jackson Lears's No Place of Grace to Todd Gitlin's The Sixties."—Joel Smith, Boston Review

"An invaluable introduction to postwar modernism across the arts."—Thomas Augst, Boston Book Review

"Belgrad's extensive probing of the artists and movements with their profound sociological roots is timely as well as comprehensive....A major contribution for serious scholars."—Choice
 

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Inhalt

The Emergence of an AvantGarde
15
The AvantGarde and the American Indian
44
Ideogram
78
Subjectivity Existentialism and Plastic Dialogue
103
Subjectivity in the Energy Field The Influence of Alfred North Whitehead
120
Gestalt
142
The Body in Plastic Dialogue Dance and Ceramics
157
Bebop
179
The Beats
196
Battling the Social Neurosis
222
Into the Sixties
247
Notes
261
Selected Bibliography
317
Credits
331
Index
335
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Seite 4 - And the cure is this: to accept wholeheartedly our duty and our opportunity as the most powerful and vital nation in the world and in consequence to exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes as we see fit and by such means as we see fit.

Über den Autor (1999)

Daniel Belgrad is associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida and author of The Culture of Spontaneity, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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