Material Modernism: The Politics of the Page

Material Modernism: The Politics of the Page

by George Bornstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521024854

ISBN-13: 9780521024853

Pub. Date: 01/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Material Modernism draws on editorial theory, cultural studies and the history of the book to argue for a freshly historicized reading of modernism. Instead of taking texts as consisting of disembodied words, Bornstein considers their physical bodies as themselves semantically important. He argues that current constructions of literary modernism - like those that

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Material Modernism draws on editorial theory, cultural studies and the history of the book to argue for a freshly historicized reading of modernism. Instead of taking texts as consisting of disembodied words, Bornstein considers their physical bodies as themselves semantically important. He argues that current constructions of literary modernism - like those that regard its achievements and attitudes as favoring the anti-historical over the historical, or product over process - are derived from the fixed, current, material forms of its texts. By studying modernism in its original sites of production and in the continually shifting physicality of its transmissions, an alternative construction emerges that emphasizes historical contingency, multiple versions, and the material features of the text itself. Bornstein recontextualizes works by a range of British, Irish, and American authors, including W. B. Yeats, Emma Lazarus, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, James Joyce, and writers of the Harlem Renaissance, among others.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521024853
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
537,481
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. How to read a page: modernism and material textuality; 2. The once and future text of modernist poetry; 3. Yeats and textual reincarnation: 'When you are old' and 'September 1913'; 4. Building Yeat's tower/building modernism; 5. Pressing women: Marianne Moore and networks of Modernism; 6. Joyce and the colonial archive: constructing alterity in Ulysses; 7. Afro-Celtic connections: hybridity and the material text; Notes; Index.

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