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

 
 
 
 
The Culture of Spontaneity: Improvisation and the Arts in Postwar America
Author: Daniel Belgrad
ISBN 13: 9780226041902
ISBN 10: 226041905
Edition: New edition
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 351
List Price: $31.00
 
 

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