A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture / Edition 1

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The Companion combines a broad grounding in the essential texts and contexts of the modernist movement with the unique insights of scholars whose careers have been devoted to the study of modernism.

  • An essential resource for students and teachers of modernist literature and culture
  • Broad in scope and comprehensive in coverage
  • Includes more than 60 contributions from some of the most distinguished modernist scholars on both sides of the Atlantic
  • Brings together entries on elements of modernist culture, contemporary intellectual and aesthetic movements, and all the genres of modernist writing and art
  • Features 25 essays on the signal texts of modernist literature, from James Joyce’s Ulysses to Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Pays close attention to both British and American modernism
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Meet the Author

David Bradshaw is Reader in English Literature at Oxford University and Hawthornden Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Worcester College, Oxford. He has edited many works of modernist literature, including the Oxford World’s Classics editions of Lawrence’s Women in Love (1998), Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (2000) and To The Lighthouse (2006), and the Penguin Classics editions of Waugh’s Decline and Fall (2001) and The Good Soldier (2002). He is also the editor of A Concise Companion to Modernism (Blackwell, 2003) and is Victorian and Modern Literature Editor of the Review of English Studies.

Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of English at Pomona College, California. He has written and edited a number of books, on James Joyce, modernist literature and culture, and rock & roll, edited the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners, and has served as President of the Modernist Studies Association. He is series editor, with Mark Wollaeger, of the Modernist Literature & Culture series published by Oxford University Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Philosophy 9
2 Religion 19
3 Politics 29
4 The physical sciences 39
5 The biological sciences 50
6 Technology 66
7 Psychology 79
8 Anthropology 92
9 Obscenity and censorship 103
10 Language 113
11 Geography 123
12 Publishing 133
13 Sex and sexuality 143
14 Literary symbolism 155
15 Dada 163
16 Futurism 169
17 Vorticism 176
18 Imagism 183
19 Surrealism 189
20 Expressionism 198
21 Literary impressionism 204
22 The novel 215
23 Poetry 227
24 Drama 237
25 The visual arts 244
26 Film 250
27 Music 258
28 Dance 265
29 Architecture 272
30 Photography 278
31 W. H. Auden : look, stranger! 287
32 Djuna Barnes : Nightwood 297
33 Samuel Beckett : Murphy 306
34 Joseph Conrad : Heart of darkness 314
35 T. S. Eliot : The waste land 324
36 William Faulkner : The sound and the fury 333
37 F. Scott Fitzgerald : The great Gatsby 342
38 Ford Madox Ford : The good soldier 350
39 The poetry of H. D. 358
40 Langston Hughes : Fine clothes to the Jew 367
41 Zora Neale Hurston : Their eyes were watching God 376
42 James Joyce : Ulysses 384
43 D. H. Lawrence : Women in love 393
44 Wyndham Lewis : Tarr 402
45 Mina Loy : Lunar Baedecker 411
46 Marianne Moore : Observations 422
47 Ezra Pound : Hugh Selwyn Mauberley 431
48 Dorothy Richardson : Pilgrimage 440
49 Gertrude Stein : Three lives 450
50 Wallace Stevens : Harmonium 459
51 Nathanael West : Miss Lonelyhearts 469
52 William Carlos Williams : Paterson 478
53 Virginia Woolf : To the lighthouse 486
54 Richard Wright : Native son 499
55 W. B. Yeats : The tower (1928) 507
56 Modernist critical prose 516
57 Modernism and race 527
58 Modernism and gender 535
59 Modernism queered 542
60 Postcolonial modernism 551
61 Global modernisms 558
62 Postmodernism 565
Epilogue : modernism now 571
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