Modernisms: A Literary Guide / Edition 2

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Peter Nicholls provides original analytic accounts of the main Modernist movements. Close readings of key texts monitor the histories of Futurism, Expressionism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. This expanded and updated new edition includes a new chapter on African-American Modernisms.

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Editorial Reviews

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"With the precision of a global positioning system, Peter Nicholls scans the width and breadth of literary modernism. This new edition of his classic study provides a lucid and useful overview of the often antithetical tendencies that revolutionized the poetry of Europe and Ameroca in the first decade of the twentieth centiry. New maps sweep clean: Modernisms sets the record-straight by looking aslant, restoring 'tangents' to the main stage of a play that continues to inform most of our present-day literary imaginings" -- Charles Bernstein, David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

"When Modernisms appeared in 1995, I wrote that it was "the very best single study of its subject currently available". For this new edition, Nicholls has added a dazzling, compact, remarkably comprehensive chapter on African American Modernism - a chapter that dovetails beautifully with this guide's larger narrative. Always authoritative and yet deeply personal in its emphases and tastes, Nicholls's remains the single best study of literary Modernism." -- Marjorie Perloff, Sadie Dernhyam Professor Emerita, Stanford University, USA

"An impressive and valuable resource - the new edition retains a distinctive character and is further improved by the addition of the new chaper on the Harlem Renaissance" -- Richard Brown, University of Leeds, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230506756
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER NICHOLLS is Professor of English and American Literature and Director of The Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
List of Abbreviations
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

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