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By David Bradshaw, Kevin J. H. Dettmar

ISBN-10: 0631204350

ISBN-13: 9780631204350

The Companion combines a extensive grounding within the crucial texts and contexts of the modernist circulate with the original insights of students whose careers were dedicated to the examine of modernism.

  • An crucial source for college students and lecturers of modernist literature and culture
  • Broad in scope and accomplished in coverage
  • Includes greater than 60 contributions from probably the most special modernist students on either side of the Atlantic
  • Brings jointly entries on components of modernist tradition, modern highbrow and aesthetic activities, and all of the genres of modernist writing and art
  • Features 25 essays at the sign texts of modernist literature, from James Joyce’s Ulysses to Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes have been staring at God
  • Pays shut consciousness to either British and American modernism

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Joyce can be taken as one example among many. If on the one hand, as Leo Bersani has warned, the dominance of nineteenthcentury concerns in Joyce’s works should enlist him among “pre-modernists,” on the other hand, critics like Weldon Thornton have contended that Joyce’s work, in so far as it puts Cartesian dualism and eighteenth-century Enlightenment concepts into question, is “anti-modernist” (Bersani 1990; Thornton 1994). And what then to think of Joyce’s reliance on philosophers like Aquinas and Aristotle, not to speak of Vico, a philosopher of history and language to be sure, but one who certainly fits the anti-modern bill (it was his rejection of Cartesianism and modern science that allowed him to make sense of the world of myth and metaphor that dominates collective imagination)?

Most critics have seen modernist art and literature as closely linked to twentieth-century politics but, beyond this general association, there has been little consensus on how precisely this might be so. This critical dissension, however, does not merely reflect the fractious ideological and methodological commitments of modernism’s critics. It also points to the internally divided, ambivalent political character of modernism and avantgardism as cultural phenomena. Beginning in the 1920s, reflecting on the first great wave of modernist experimentation, Frankfurt School critics such as Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and Herbert Marcuse discussed the practices of modernism as models of new, progressive ways of thinking, feeling, and acting.

Forster, E. M. (1979). A Passage to India, ed. Oliver Stallybrass. Harmondsworth: Penguin. Foster, R. F. (1997–2003). W. B. Yeats: A Life, 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Gilley, Sheridan, and W. J. ). (1994). A History of Religion in Britain: Practice and Belief from Pre-Roman Times to the Present. Oxford: Blackwell. Joyce, James (1992). A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ed. Seamus Deane. Harmondsworth: Penguin. Küng, Hans (2001). The Catholic Church: A Short History, trans. John Bowden.

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