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Modernism

ISBN: 978-0-470-77989-7
320 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This guide helps readers to engage with the major critical debates surrounding literary modernism.

  • A judicious selection of key critical works on literary modernism
  • Presents a critical history from the earliest reviews to the most recent theoretical assessments
  • Shows how modernist writers understood and constructed modernism.
  • Shows how succeeding generations have developed those constructions and brought new interpretations to bear on the subject
  • Discusses how modernism relates to modernity and odernization, and to other literary and cultural movements
  • Texts have been selected for their relevance to the questions surrounding modernism, and for their accessibility to readers with a limited knowledge of the modernist canon
  • Includes a glossary and an annotated bibliography.
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Acknowledgements.

Note on the Texts.

Part I.

Introduction.

Part II.

1. Modernism and Romanticism.

Romantic Image.

Frank Kermode.

‘Pound/Stevens: Whose Era?’.

Marjorie Perloff.

2. Realism and Formalism.

The Ideology of Modernisim.

George Lucas.

Reconciliation Under Duress.

Theodor Adorno.

3. Modernism and the Avant-Garde.

Adorno: A Critical Introduction.

Simon Jarvis.

Theory of the Avant-Garde.

Peter Bürger.

4. Modernism, the Masses, and the Culture Industry.

‘Mass Culture as Woman’.

Andreas Huyssen.

T.S. Eliot and the Cultural Divide: A 'Black and Grinning Music'.

David Chinitz.

T.S. Eliot and the Cultural Divide: Down at Tom's Place.

David Chinitz.

T.S. Eliot and the Cultural Divide: An 'Advant-Garde' Program.

David Chinitz.

5. Modernity and the City.

‘The Metropolis and Mental Life’.

Georg Simmel.

The Mire of Macadam.

Marshall Berman.

‘The Invisible Flâneuse: Women and the Literature of Modernity.

Janet Wolff.

6. Regendering Modernism.

‘A Tangled Mesh of Modernists’ (diagram).

Bonnie Kime Scott.

‘Beyond the Reaches of Feminist Criticism: A Letter from Paris.

Shari Benstock.

‘Modernism and Modernity: Engendering Literary History’.

Rita Felski.

7. Publishing Modernism.

‘The Price of Modernism.

Lawrence Rainey.

8. Late Modernism.

‘The Epistemology of Late Modernism.

Alan Wilde.

Late Modernism Poetics.

Anthony Mellors.

Further Reading.

Index

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Michael H. Whitworth is University Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow of Merton College. His previous publications include Einstein’s Wake: Relativity, Metaphor, and Modernist Literature (2001) and Virginia Woolf (2005).
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  • A judicious selection of key critical works on literary modernism
  • Helps students to engage with the major debates surrounding literary modernism
  • Presents a critical history from the earliest reviews to the most recent theoretical assessments
  • Shows how modernist writers understood and constructed modernism.
  • Shows how succeeding generations have developed those constructions and brought new interpretations to bear on the subject
  • Discusses how modernism relates to modernity and odernization, and to other literary and cultural movements
  • Texts have been selected for their relevance to the questions surrounding modernism, and for their accessibility to readers with a limited knowledge of the modernist canon
  • Includes a glossary and an annotated bibliography.
See More

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