Agony of Modernism: Wyndham Lewis's Allegories, Aesthetics and Politics

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This book is a detailed analysis of Wyndham Lewis's allegories, aesthetics, and politics that identifies him as a central figure of modernism. Modernism is defined as a movement caught between the avant-garde's radical rejection of the status quo and the awareness of tradition, be it philosophical, political, religious, or artistic. The tension between radicalism and tradition causes modernist texts to be self-contradictory. Lewis's political writings present ambiguities: his stated belief in the autonomy of art ...
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This book is a detailed analysis of Wyndham Lewis's allegories, aesthetics, and politics that identifies him as a central figure of modernism. Modernism is defined as a movement caught between the avant-garde's radical rejection of the status quo and the awareness of tradition, be it philosophical, political, religious, or artistic. The tension between radicalism and tradition causes modernist texts to be self-contradictory. Lewis's political writings present ambiguities: his stated belief in the autonomy of art from life is contradicted by other statements he made and by his critical analyses of writers; and his political writings blur any a priori generic distinction between art and non-art. Given this blurring between art and life, artistic genre and non-artistic genre, Quema claims that Lewis's political texts present characteristics usually attributed to avant-gardism. However, this radicalism has to be balanced against Lewis's conservatism. Thus his political writings can be read as allegories with two pragmatic aims: to organize the life of the polis from an artistic standpoint and to persuade the reader to adhere to authoritarian politics.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838753927
  • Publisher: Bucknell University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Modernism Reclaimed 11
Pt. 1 Allegories
1 The Agon 35
2 Genre and Meaning: The Nonfiction 53
3 Genre and Meaning: The Fiction 63
4 Man and Woman 82
Pt. 2 Aesthetics
5 A Genealogy of Impersonality 123
6 From Realism to Modernism 136
7 The Great Divide 152
Pt. 3 Politics
8 The Genre of Politics 163
9 The Politics of Chiron 172
10 Self-Exegesis 189
Abbreviations 203
Notes 205
Selected Bibliography 221
Index 233
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