Notes on Contributors viii
1 The Life Sciences: “Everybody nowadays talks about evolution” 6
2 Eugenics: “They should certainly be killed” 34
3 Nietzscheanism: “The Superman and the all-too-human” 56
4 Anthropology: “The latest form of evening entertainment” 75
5 Bergsonism: “Time out of mind” 95
Mary Ann Gillies
6 Psychoanalysis in Britain: “The rituals of destruction” 116
7 Language: “History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake” 138
8 Technology: “Multiplied man” 158
9 The Concept of the State 1880–1939: “The discredit of the State is a sign that it has done its work well” 179
10 Physics: “A strange footprint” 200
Michael H. Whitworth
11 Modernist Publishing: “Nomads and mapmakers” 221
Peter D. McDonald
12 Reading: “‘Mind hungers’ common and uncommon” 243
Todd Avery and Patrick Brantlinger
Select Bibliography 262
"[...] I would recommend this volume to any library with a readership who comes either out of interest, or as students of the period needing to understand the context in which ideas emerged, looking for a way into the text. [...]A select bibliography at the end of the book provides even more options for advanced research, completing a most useful guidebook to some interesting themes." Reference Review
"[McDonald] supplies everything any reader would need to understand the whole social and critical history of modernist publishing." James Joyce Quarterly
- Offers an innovative approach to understanding the Modernist literary mind in Britain.
- Helps readers to grasp the intellectual and cultural contexts of literary Modernism.
- Organised around contemporary ideas such as Freudianism and eugenics rather than literary genres.
- Relates literary Modernism to the overarching issues of the period, such as feminism, imperialism and war.