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The Psychologizing of Modernity: Art, Architecture and History Hardcover – December 28, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0521582384 ISBN-10: 0521582385 Edition: 0th
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"well-informed, transdisciplinary, historical argument." Times Literary Supplement

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In The Psychologizing of Modernity, Mark Jarzombek examines the impact of psychology on twentieth-century aesthetics. Analyzing the interface between psychology, art history and avant-gardist practices, he also reflects on the longevity of the myth of aesthetic individuality as it infiltrated not only avant-garde art, but also history writing. The principle focus of this study is pre-World War II Germany, where theories of empathy and Entartung emerged; and post-war America, where artists, critics and historians gradually shifted from their reliance on psychology to philosophy, and most recently, to theory.

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  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521582385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521582384
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,464,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Jarzombek, Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, is currently (2013) the Associate Dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning. He has taught at MIT since 1995, and has worked on a wide range of historical topics from the Renaissance to the modern. Jarzombek, who began his studies at the University of Chicago, received his architectural Diploma in 1980 from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1986. He was a CASVA fellow (1985), Post-doctoral Resident Fellow at the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Humanities and Art, Santa Monica, California (1986), a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ (1993), at the Canadian Center for Architecture (2001) and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (2005). He has worked extensively on nineteenth and twentieth century aesthetics, and the history and theory of architecture. He has just published a textbook entitled A Global History of Architecture (Wiley Press, 2006) with co-author Vikram Prakash with the noted illustrator Francis D.K. Ching. Jarzombek is currently working on a set of essays on architecture and modernity. Jarzombek teaches a range of courses at the graduate and Ph.D. level in the History Theory Criticism program (HTC) of the Department of Architecture .

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Drum on January 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a penetratign assessment of how psychology has been imposed on our educational system. It looks in particular at the art and architectural scene (looking at Dewey, Arnheim and Danto, for example) but raises important questions of a more general nature about the ideology of selfhood in the modern world. This book is by the same author who wrote on the Renaissance humanist Leon Battista Alberti.
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