Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, and Radical Modernism / Edition 1

Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, and Radical Modernism / Edition 1

by Vincent B. Sherry, Sherry
     
 

Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis developed a highly experimental art; they were attracted simultaneously to political programs remarkably backward in outlook—the autocracies of Fascist Italy and Germany. That paradox, central to the problematic achievement of Anglo-American modernism, is freshly addressed in this study. Here Sherry examines the influence of music

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Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis developed a highly experimental art; they were attracted simultaneously to political programs remarkably backward in outlook—the autocracies of Fascist Italy and Germany. That paradox, central to the problematic achievement of Anglo-American modernism, is freshly addressed in this study. Here Sherry examines the influence of music and painting on literature, presents original research on European intellectual history, and proposes a new understanding of ideology as a force in the literary imagination. Following the example of continental ideologues, the English modernists use the material of aesthetic experience to prove truths of human nature, making art the basis for social values and recommendations. This sensibility enriches their work, shaping the varied textures of Pound's Cantos and the complex designs of Lewis's painting and fiction, but their mastery of avant-garde techniques endorses the authority of an antique state. Sherry returns their "totalitarian synthesis" of art and politics to its originating moment, following its trajectory from 1910 to the eve of World War II.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195076936
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1992
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Prologue3
1From the Continent to England, 1889-19259
Musical Empathy11
Political Aesthetics16
European Vortex24
This Hulme Business34
2Ezra Pound, 1908-192043
Negotiations49
Early Cantos: Auditing the Tradition66
Hugh Selwyn Mauberley82
3Wyndham Lewis: L'Entre Deux Guerres91
Untuning the Word99
The Failure of Art113
The Art of Failure127
4Ezra Pound, 1921-1939141
Resuming the Cantos: Eliot, Dada, Major Form143
Making Friends with the Enemy163
Stages of Excess173
Epilogue187
Notes197
Index223

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