Modernisms: A Literary Guide / Edition 1

Modernisms: A Literary Guide / Edition 1

by Peter Nicholls
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520201035

ISBN-13: 9780520201033

Pub. Date: 08/24/1995

Publisher: University of California Press


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520201033
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/24/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
381
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.63(h) x 0.75(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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