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There is No Vulgarity in Revolt Part 7: Conclusion and Final Thoughts

By • Aug 18th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

Well one and half months, seven books, two magazines, thousands of words (sorry about that), and a countless number of poems and works of art later, I’ve finally reached a point in my research where I had to stop things.  That being said, I can hardly call my research complete.  While Vorticism wasn’t a tremendous […]

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There is No Vulgarity in Revolt Part 6: The Life and Art of Vorticist Prose

By • Aug 17th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

*Note: this blog post covers brief discussions of rape and suicide* My last blog post examined a selection of Vorticist poems, examining how the topic, language, and structure of these poems underscored various conflicts championed by the movement, even if such poems were not perfectly reflective of the Vorticist aesthetic.  This post will similarly analyze […]

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There is No Vulgarity in Revolt Part 5: The Satirical, Robotic, Disruptive Poetics of Vorticism

By • Aug 9th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

In the past two blog posts, I examined a selection of Vorticist paintings, woodcuts, and sculptures, tracing the presence of various conflicts highlighted within the aesthetic philosophy of Vorticism.  Moving away from visual arts and into the literary arts, I will continue to trace similar conflicts.  In this post, I will analyze the poetry of […]

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There is No Vulgarity in Revolt Part 4: The Mechanized Primitivity of Vorticist Sculpture

By • Jul 29th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In my last post, I presented a brief survey of Vorticist painting and graphic design, analyzing how the treatment of conflict within Vorticist philosophy influenced the composition and subject matter of these works.  While most Vorticists were painters, the movement also produced its own strain of sculpture.  In this post, I will similarly analyze two […]

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There is No Vulgarity in Revolt Part 3: The Disruptive Aesthetics of Vorticist Painting

By • Jul 20th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In my previous blog posts, I examined and explored the role of conflict in the history and philosophy of Vorticism, concluding that the social and artistic conflicts of the early 20th century provided the environment for Vorticism to emerge and that these conflicts left a serious impact on the movement’s philosophy against both the Victorian […]

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“There is No Vulgarity in Revolt” Part 2: The Combative Philosophy of Vorticism

By • Jul 12th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

The aesthetic philosophy of Vorticism, put forward in BLAST magazine, reflects the artistic conflict of the day and emphasizes the importance of this conflict in establishing revolutionary art.  The Vorticist Manifesto comes in two parts: the experimental “Blast/Bless” section and more straightforward “Manifesto.”     The use of “Blast” and “Bless” in the first manifesto […]

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“There is No Vulgarity in Revolt” Part 1: The Role of Conflict in the Formation of Vorticism

By • Jul 12th, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

Over the past week or so, I’ve spent my time researching the history and philosophy of the Vorticist movement to gain a more precise theoretical aim for my incoming survey of the art and literature of the movement.  However, for the sake of brevity and clarity, I will refrain from Blasting you all with the […]

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Make it New: An Exploration of Vorticist Literature and Design

By • Mar 29th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

  The purpose of this project is to explore the unifying themes within the art and literature of Vorticism, a little-known, early 20th century Modernist movement in avant-garde art, sculpture, and literature which began and ended with the First World War.  Furthermore, I plan to investigate the historical and artistic context surrounding the movement to […]

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