Skip to main content


A Handbook of Modernism Studies

Jean-Michel Rabaté

ISBN: 978-1-118-48867-6 February 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 480 Pages


Featuring the latest research findings and exploring the fascinating interplay of modernist authors and intellectual luminaries, from Beckett and Kafka to Derrida and Adorno, this bold new collection of essays gives students a deeper grasp of key texts in modernist literature.

  • Provides a wealth of fresh perspectives on canonical modernist texts, featuring the latest research data
  • Adopts an original and creative thematic approach to the subject, with concepts such as race, law, gender, class, time, and ideology forming the structure of the collection
  • Explores current and ongoing debates on the links between the aesthetics and praxis of authors and modernist theoreticians
  • Reveals the profound ways in which modernist authors have influenced key thinkers, and vice versa
Notes on Contributors vii

Introduction 1
Jean-Michel Rabat´e

1 Hard and Soft Modernism: Politics as ‘‘Theory’’ 15
Peter Nicholls

2 Streams Beyond Consciousness: Stylistic Immediacy in the Modernist Novel 35
Vicki Mahaffey

3 Modernisms High and Low 55
Eric Bulson

4 Kafka, Modernism, and Literary Theory 75
Vivian Liska

5 Race: Tradition and Archive in the Harlem Renaissance 87
Jeremy Braddock

6 Empire, Imperialism, and Modernism 107
John Marx

7 Marxist Modernisms: From Jameson to Benjamin 123
Catherine Flynn

8 Reactionary Modernism 139
Robert L. Caserio

9 Transnationalism at the Departure Gate 157
Matthew Hart

10 From Ritual to the Archaic in Modernism: Frazer, Harrison, Freud, and the Persistence of Myth 173
Shanyn Fiske

11 Modernism, Orientalism, and East Asia 193
Christopher Bush

12 Translation Studies and Modernism 209
Steven G. Yao

13 Modernism, Mind, and Manuscripts 225
Dirk Van Hulle

14 Modernism and Visual Culture 239
Laura Marcus

15 More Kicks than Pricks: Modernist Body-Parts 255
Maud Ellmann

16 Materialities of Modernism: Objects, Matter, Things 281
Bill Brown

17 Glamour’s Silhouette: Fashion, Fashun, and Modernism 297
Judith Brown

18 Otherness and Singularity: Ethical Modernism 313
Marian Eide

19 Phenomenology and Affect: Modernist Sulking 327
Sara Crangle

20 Queer Modernism 347
Benjamin Kahan

21 Cultural Capital and the Revolutions of Literary Modernity, from Bourdieu to Casanova 363
James F. English

22 Modernism and Cognitive Disability: A Genealogy 379
Joseph Valente

23 From Parody to the Event; from Affect to Freedom: Observations on the Feminine Sublime in Modernism 399
Ewa Plonowska Ziarek

24 Aesthetic Formalism, the Form of Artworks, and Formalist Criticism 415
Jonathan Loesberg

25 Ranci`ere’s Aesthetic Regime: Modernism, Politics, and the Logic of Excess 431
Molly Anne Rothenberg

Index 445

“An invaluable resource for literary theorists and modernism scholars.  Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.”  (Choice, 1 December 2013)