Celtic Postmodernism: Ossian and Contemporary Art

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Celtic Postmodernism : Ossian and Contemporary Art. / Mitchell, Sebastian.

In: Translation and Literature, Vol. 22, No. 3, 01.10.2013, p. 401-435.

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title = "Celtic Postmodernism: Ossian and Contemporary Art",
abstract = "This article examines the depiction of Ossian in the works of four prominent contemporary artists: Calum Colvin, Gayle Chong Kwan, Geoff MacEwan, and Alexander Stoddart. Recent Ossianic artworks in terms of two significant and opposing definitions of the postmodern are discussed. On the one side, the approach of Jean Baudrillard stressed fabrication and imitation as the distinctive features of the postmodern aesthetic; on the other, Charles Jencks conceived of the postmodern as a revival of classical form. The essay demonstrates ways in which contemporary Ossianic art draws together both conceptions. It argues, furthermore, that Ossian has made a significant contribution to British art through the introduction of Celtic primitivism into more familiar forms of representation. It concludes by suggesting that the last twenty years have produced the most important visual interpretations of Ossian since the Romantic period.",
author = "Sebastian Mitchell",
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year = "2013",
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language = "English",
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pages = "401--435",
journal = "Translation and Literature",
issn = "0968-1361",
publisher = "Edinburgh University Press",
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