All That Is Solid Melts into Air
The Experience of Modernity
"A bubbling caldron of ideas . . . Enlightening and valuable." Mervyn Jones, New Statesman.
The political and social revolutions of the nineteenth century, the pivotal writings of Goethe, Marx, Dostoevsky, and others, and the creation of new environments to replace the oldall have thrust us into a modern world of contradictions and ambiguities. In this fascinating book, Marshall Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and cultures, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical idealism and a complex, bureaucratic materialism.
From a reinterpretation of Karl Marx to an incisive consideration of the impact of Robert Moses on modern urban living, Berman charts the progress of the twentieth-century experience. He concludes that adaptation to continual flux is possible and that therein lies our hope for achieving a truly modern society.
Introduction: Modernity - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow I. Goethe's Faust: The Tragedy of Development
First Metamorphosis: The Dreamer
Second Metamorphosis: The Lover
Third Metamorphosis: The Developer
Epilogue: The Faustian and Pseudo-Faustian Age
II. All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: Marx, Modernism and Modernization
III. Baudelaire: Modernism in the Streets
IV. Petersbur: The Modernism of Underdevelopment
V. In the Forest of Symbols: Some Notes on Modernism in New York
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