Dr. Renée Silverman has been selected to receive the 2017 SAMLA Studies Book Award - Edited Collection for her book, Mediterranean Modernism: Intercultural Exchange and Aesthetic Development.
Adam Wood, Chair of the SAMLA Studies Book Award, had this to say about the project:
“In Mediterranean Modernism, Goldwyn and Silverman collect smart, clearly written essays that elucidate the evolution of modernism in the Mediterranean world. The collection helps us to connect geography, history, and politics to cultural and aesthetic influences, with excellent detail that explains how people see themselves in their place and time.”
Mediterranean Modernism: Intercultural Exchange and Aesthetic Development explores how Modernist movements all across the Mediterranean basin differed from those of other regions. The chapters show how the political and economic turmoil of a period marked by world war, revolution, decolonization, nationalism, and the rapid advance of new technologies forced artists, writers and other intellectuals to create a new hybrid Mediterranean Modernist aesthetic which sought to balance the tensions between local and foreign, tradition and innovation, and colonial and postcolonial.