Modernism and Cultural Conflict, 1880-1922by Ann L. Ardis
Pub. Date: 04/28/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Ann Ardis questions commonly held views of radical modernism at the turn of the twentieth century. She depicts the "men of 1914," (as Wyndham Lewis called the coterie of writers centered around Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and James Joyce) as only one among a number of groups intent on redefining the cultural objectives of British literature at the turn of the twentieth century. Simultaneously, Ardis reclaims key examples of non-modernist aesthetic effort associated with British socialism and feminism of the period.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; Introduction: rethinking modernism, remapping the turn of the twentieth century; 1. Beatrice Webb and the 'serious' artist; 2. Inventing literary tradition, ghosting Oscar Wilde and the Victorian fin de siècle; 3. The Lost Girl, Tarr, and the 'moment' of modernism; 4. Mapping the middlebrow in Edwardian England; 5. 'Life is not composed of watertight compartments': the New Age's critique of modernist literary specialization; Conclusion: modernism and English studies in history; Select bibliography; Index.
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