The Cinema and the Origins of Literary Modernism

The Cinema and the Origins of Literary Modernism

by Andrew Shail
     
 

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Modernist writing has always been linked with cinema. The recent renaissance in early British film studies has allowed cinema to emerge as a major historical context for literary practice.
Treating cinema as a historical rather than an aesthetic influence, this book analyzes the role of early British film culture in literature, thus providing the first

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Modernist writing has always been linked with cinema. The recent renaissance in early British film studies has allowed cinema to emerge as a major historical context for literary practice.
Treating cinema as a historical rather than an aesthetic influence, this book analyzes the role of early British film culture in literature, thus providing the first account of cinema as a cause for modernism.

Shail's study draws on little-known sources to create a detailed picture of cinema following its 'second birth' as both institution and medium. The book presents a comprehensive account of how
UK-based modernism originated as a consequence of-rather than a conscious aesthetic response to-this new component of the cultural landscape. Film's new accounts of language, endeavor, time, collectivity and political change are first considered, then related to the patterns that comprised modernist texts. Authors discussed include Ford Madox Ford, Joseph Conrad, Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, H.D., James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Richardson.

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"It is difficult to do justice to the richness of each of these chapters. Each one contains fine discriminations and subtle distinctions." - Terry Caesar, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

"This book provides a more precise reinterpretation of the core formal characteristics—the innovative narrative structures and stream-of-consciousness techniques—of the high-modernist novel." - Jesse Schotter, James Joyce Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781138794177
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/11/2014
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Shail is Lecturer in Film in the Department of English at Newcastle University, UK.

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