Material Modernism: The Politics of the Page

Material Modernism: The Politics of the Page

by George Bornstein
     
 

"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… See more details below

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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 favouring 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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Product Details

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

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1How to read a page: modernism and material textuality5
2The once and future texts of modernist poetry32
3Yeats and textual reincarnation: "When You Are Old" and "September 1913"46
4Building Yeats's Tower / building modernism65
5Pressing women: Marianne Moore and the networks of modernism82
6Joyce and the colonial archive: constructing alterity in Ulysses118
7Afro-Celtic connections: hybridity and the material text140
Notes167
Index182

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