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

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Overview

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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"High and Low Moderns offers persuasive and thorough historical research to make us rethink the literary landscape of the early twentieth century. Anyone who is interested in rethinking modernism would learn something from this collection."—English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920
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Product Details

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

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Princeton University

Villanova University

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Surviving Victoria 23
T. S. Eliot and Hart Crane 49
Remaking Marxist Criticism: Partisan Review's Eliotic Leftism 65
Florence Farr: A "Transitional Woman" 85
App "Ibsen's Women" 91
"The Business of the Earth": Edward Thomas and Ecocentrism 107
The Edwardian Shaw, or the Modernist That Never Was 135
Kipling in the History of Forms 148
How Lawrence Corrected Wells; How Orwell Refuted Lawrence 166
The Lowly Art of Murder: Modernism and the Case of the Free Woman 176
Love, Politics, and Textual Corruption: Mrs. O'Shea's Parnell 197
The Demotic Lady Gregory 212
App Lady Gregory's Review of "Days of Fear" 229
Broadcasting News from Nowhere: R. B. Cunninghame Graham and the Geography of Politics in the 1890s 235
Contributors 255
Index 257
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