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Modernism: Keywords

Modernism: Keywords

Melba Cuddy-Keane, Adam Hammond, Alexandra Peat

ISBN: 978-1-118-32594-0

Feb 2014, Wiley-Blackwell

288 pages

Description

Guided by the historical semantics developed in Raymond Williams' pioneering study of cultural vocabulary, Modernism: Keywords presents a series of short entries on words used with frequency and urgency in “written modernism,” tracking cultural and literary debates and transformative moments of change.

Short-listed for The Modernist Studies Association 2015 Book Prize for an Edition, Anthology, or Essay Collection

  • Highlights and exposes the salient controversies and changing cultural thought at the heart of modernism
  • Goes beyond constructions of “plural modernisms” to reveal all modernist writing as overlapping and interactive in a simultaneous and interlocking mix
  • Draws from a vast compilation of more than a thousand sources, ranging from vernacular prose to experimental literary forms
  • Spans the “long” modernist period, from its incipient beginnings c.1880 to its post-WWII aftermath
  • Approaches English written modernism in its own terms, tempering explanations of modernism often derived from European poets and painters
  • Models research techniques based on digital databases and collaborative work in the humanities

Credits and Acknowledgments viii

Introduction: Unsettling Modernism x

Note on References xviii

A

Advertising 1

Atom, Atomic 6

Avant-Garde 11

B

Best Seller 15

Bigness, Smallness 20

Biography, New Biography 26

C

Common Man 34

Common Mind, Group Thinking 40

Conventional, Conventionality 45

Coterie, Bloomsbury 49

D

Democracy 56

Difficulty, Obscurity 63

E

Einstein 70

Empire, Imperialism 77

F

Fascism 85

Form, Formalism 91

G

God, Gods 99

H

Hamlet 107

Highbrow, Middlebrow, Lowbrow 111

Hygiene 119

I

Impression, Impressionism 125

International, Internationalism 129

M

Manifesto 136

Modern, Modernism 139

N

Negro, New Negro 147

P

Personality, Impersonality 155

Primitive 162

Propaganda 170

Q

Queer, Gay 177

R

Race 184

Readers, Reading 191

Reality, Realism 196

Rhythm 203

S

Sentimental, Sentimentality 210

Shock, Shell Shock 214

U

Unconscious 223

Universal 231

W

Woman, New Woman 238

Words, Language 246

Index of Modernist Authors 254

Index of Modernist Keywords 263

“Everyone teaching literary modernism should spend time with this book.” (James Gifford, University of Toronto Quarterly).
 
“Their resources build from primary texts and through the ready resources in the Modernist Journals Project,JSTOR, the Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, and so forth. The great merit of this approach is its adept management of primary and secondary materials, moving between the terms used in the modernist period, conceived here loosely as from 1880 to 1950, and the keywords used in scholarship. The result is a deliberately use-oriented collection of keywords for the study of modernism. The most immediate audience will be undergraduate students, but graduate-level and researcher use is also certain.” (James Gifford, University of Toronto Quarterly).  
 “Everyone teaching literary modernism should spend time with this book.” (James Gifford, University of Toronto Quarterly).
 
“Their resources build from primary texts and through the ready resources in the Modernist Journals Project,JSTOR, the Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, and so forth. The great merit of this approach is its adept management of primary and secondary materials, moving between the terms used in the modernist period, conceived here loosely as from 1880 to 1950, and the keywords used in scholarship. The result is a deliberately use-oriented collection of keywords for the study of modernism. The most immediate audience will be undergraduate students, but graduate-level and researcher use is also certain.” (James Gifford, University of Toronto Quarterly).