Modernisms: A Literary Guide / Edition 2

Modernisms: A Literary Guide / Edition 2

by Peter Nicholls
     
 

ISBN-10: 0230506755

ISBN-13: 9780230506756

Pub. Date: 12/15/2008

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

The recent enthusiasm for things postmodern has often produced a caricature of Modernism as monolithic and reactionary. Peter Nicholls argues instead that the distinctive feature of Modernism is its diversity. Through a lively analysis of each of Modernism's main literary movements, he explores the connections between the new stylistic developments and the shifting

Overview

The recent enthusiasm for things postmodern has often produced a caricature of Modernism as monolithic and reactionary. Peter Nicholls argues instead that the distinctive feature of Modernism is its diversity. Through a lively analysis of each of Modernism's main literary movements, he explores the connections between the new stylistic developments and the shifting politics of gender and authority. Nicholls introduces a wealth of literary experimentation, beginning with Baudelaire and Mallarmé and moving forward to the first avant-gardes. Close readings of key texts monitor the explosive histories of Futurism, Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, histories that allow Anglo-American Modernism to be seen in a strikingly different light. In revealing Modernism's broad and varied terrain, Nicholls evokes the richness of a cultural moment that continues to shape our own.

Author Biography: Peter Nicholls is Reader in English and American Literature at the University of Sussex and the author of Ezra Pound: Politics, Economics and Writing (1984).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230506756
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Of a Certain Tone
Ironies of the Modern
Breaking the Rules: Symbolism in France
Decadence and the Art of Death
Paths to the Future
A Metaphysics of Modernity: Marinetti and Italian Futurism
Other Spaces: French Cubism and Russian Futurism
Cruel Structures: The Development of Expressionism
Modernity and the 'Men of 1914'
At a Tangent: Other Modernisms
African American Modernism
From Fantasy to Structure: Dada and Neo-Classicism
Other Times: The Narratives of High Modernism
Death and Desire: The Surrealist Adventure
Coda
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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