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Modernism is a succinct but authoritative analysis of the most important literary innovations of the last hundred years. Peter Childs explains the pan-European origins of the radical literary changes that occurred in the novel, poetry and drama, as well as the many revolutions in art, film and aesthetic theory. This highly readable book explains the key terminology of the subject; orients the reader in terms of modernism's basic aspects; explores the literary shifts from realism to modernism to postmodernism; ...
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Overview

Modernism is a succinct but authoritative analysis of the most important literary innovations of the last hundred years. Peter Childs explains the pan-European origins of the radical literary changes that occurred in the novel, poetry and drama, as well as the many revolutions in art, film and aesthetic theory. This highly readable book explains the key terminology of the subject; orients the reader in terms of modernism's basic aspects; explores the literary shifts from realism to modernism to postmodernism; analyzes to modernist elements in the texts of writers such as Joyce, Woolf, Forster, Yeats, Ford, Eliot, Richardson, Conrad, Beckett; explains the impetus that Darwin, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, Saussure and Einstein gave to experimental writers at the turn of the century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415415446
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/11/2008
  • Series: New Critical Idiom Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Childs is Professor in Modern English at the University of Gloucestershire. He is the author of many books on literature post-1900, including The Twentieth Century in Poetry (1998).

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Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Interpreting and Changing 26
Marx (1818-83) 27
Darwin (1809-82) 35
Freud (1856-1939) 47
Nietzsche (1844-1900) 54
Saussure (1857-1913) 61
Einstein (1879-1955) 65
2 Genres, Art and Film 72
Novel 73
Short Story 84
Poetry 94
Drama 102
Art Movements 108
Film 123
3 Texts, Contexts, Intertexts 129
'The Struggle of Becoming': Freedom and Gender 130
'It Seems to Me I Am Trying to Tell You a Dream': Epistemology and Narration 145
'These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruins: Identity and War 161
'History is a Nightmare': Symbolism and Language 186
Glossary 208
Bibliography 213
Index 220
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