High and Low Moderns: Literature and Culture, 1889-1939

High and Low Moderns: Literature and Culture, 1889-1939

by Maria Dibattista
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195082664

ISBN-13: 9780195082661

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This collection of essays on modernist culture reassesses the convergence of low and high cultures, of socialist and aesthete, late Victorian and young Georgian, the popular and the coterie. Academic literary studies have until recently preferred to treat the "opaque," "difficult" writings of high moderns Conrad, Yeats, Woolf, and Eliot, and the

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This collection of essays on modernist culture reassesses the convergence of low and high cultures, of socialist and aesthete, late Victorian and young Georgian, the popular and the coterie. Academic literary studies have until recently preferred to treat the "opaque," "difficult" writings of high moderns Conrad, Yeats, Woolf, and Eliot, and the more accessible work of the low moderns Kipling, Shaw, and Wells in separate categories. In contributions by scholars David Bromwich, Roy Foster, Edna Longley, Louis Menand, Edward Mendelson, and others, High and Low Moderns brings these writers into critical proximity. Essays on such topics as the public mourning of Queen Victoria, Florence Farr and the "New Woman," the Edwardian Shaw, Lady Gregory's attraction to Irish felons, and the high artistic uses of low entertainments—cinema, detective fiction, and journalism— introduce a subtler model of modernism, in which "demotic" and "elite" cultural forms criticize, imitate, and address one another.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195082661
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.79(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Surviving Victoria23
T. S. Eliot and Hart Crane49
Remaking Marxist Criticism: Partisan Review's Eliotic Leftism65
Florence Farr: A "Transitional Woman"85
App"Ibsen's Women"91
"The Business of the Earth": Edward Thomas and Ecocentrism107
The Edwardian Shaw, or the Modernist That Never Was135
Kipling in the History of Forms148
How Lawrence Corrected Wells; How Orwell Refuted Lawrence166
The Lowly Art of Murder: Modernism and the Case of the Free Woman176
Love, Politics, and Textual Corruption: Mrs. O'Shea's Parnell197
The Demotic Lady Gregory212
AppLady Gregory's Review of "Days of Fear"229
Broadcasting News from Nowhere: R. B. Cunninghame Graham and the Geography of Politics in the 1890s235
Contributors255
Index257

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