Blackwell Guides to Criticism 1. Aufl.
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.
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
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).
Modernism presents a judicious selection of key works relating to literary modernism. Designed to help readers engage with the major critical debates, particularly how literary modernism relates to modernity, as well as to other literary and cultural movements, this guide presents a critical history from the earliest reviews to the most recent theoretical statements. The first of the book's two sections introduces key issues in modernism, looking at the way in which modernist writers themselves understood and constructed modernism. The second section explores how subsequent generations have built upon these constructions and brought new interpretations to the subject. Each reading has been carefully selected for its relevance to the questions surrounding modernism and for its intelligibility to readers still familiarizing themselves with the modernist canon.
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