Jessica Burstein, AM’90, PhD’98, published Cold Modernism: Literature, Fashion, Art as part of the Refiguring Modernism series. The book proposes a new understanding of modernism: cold modernism, which “operates on the premise that ‘there is a world in which the mind does not exist, let alone matter.’” Burstein wrote about the experience of publishing her book in the latest issue of The University of Chicago Magazine.
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