Untimely: Obsolescence, Late Modernism, and the View Out of Giovanni’s Room

  • MaryAnn Snyder-Körber


The 1950s require us to turn the calendar pages of the twentieth century. The decade signals more than the halfway stretch of the epoch. These years unfold in the fateful divide between prewar history and postgenocidal reckoning. They additionally witness the geographic divisions of the Cold War. In the process, those flows of goods, processes, and media long described as “Americanization” feed into the ambitions of an “American Century”: a term connoting geopolitical aspirations, but, even more so, evoking a new dispensation of nationally clocked global time.1 Amid all these shifts, the historical span further marks, I propose, a high point of the obsolescence phenomenon.


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