Modernism, Nationalism, and the Novel

Modernism, Nationalism, and the Novel

by Pericles Lewis
     
 

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In Modernism, Nationalism, and the Novel Pericles Lewis shows how political debates over the sources and nature of "national character" prompted radical experiments in narrative form amongst modernist writers. Though critics have accused the modern novel of shunning the external world, Lewis suggests that, far from abandoning nineteenth-century realists' concerns… See more details below

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In Modernism, Nationalism, and the Novel Pericles Lewis shows how political debates over the sources and nature of "national character" prompted radical experiments in narrative form amongst modernist writers. Though critics have accused the modern novel of shunning the external world, Lewis suggests that, far from abandoning nineteenth-century realists' concerns with politics, the modernists used this emphasis on individual consciousness to address the distinctively political ways in which the modern nation-state shapes the psyche of its subjects. Tracing this theme through Joyce, Proust, and Conrad, amongst others, Lewis claims that modern novelists gave life to a whole generation of narrators who forged new social realities in their own images. Their literary techniques - multiple narrators, transcriptions of consciousness, involuntary memory, and arcane symbolism - focused attention on the shaping of the individual by the nation and on the potential of the individual, in time of crisis, to redeem the nation.

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"Lewis offers a rich analysis and a plausible claim...Strongly recommended..." Choice

"Modernism, Nationalism and the Novel is valuable as a comparative study; it provides sound and ambitious research of the connections between four modernists that belong to different national backgrounds...The richness of the various connections established between the modernists novels belonging to different European literatures...Thgis interest on political theoties and their significant weight in Lewis's research make this book essential not only for the literary critic also for the general reader interested in political history." English Literature in Transition 2002

"[Lewis] makes a compelling case." Research in African Literatures

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ISBN-13:
9780521033022
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

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