Modernisms: A Literary Guide / Edition 1

Modernisms: A Literary Guide / Edition 1

by Peter Nicholls
     
 

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. In a lively and wide-ranging discussion, Peter Nicholls argues that the distinctive feature of Modernism is its diversity. Through original analytic accounts of each of the main movements, he explores the ways in which the new stylistic developments…  See more details below

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The recent enthusiasm for things postmodern has often produced a caricature of Modernism as monolithic and reactionary. In a lively and wide-ranging discussion, Peter Nicholls argues that the distinctive feature of Modernism is its diversity. Through original analytic accounts of each of the main movements, he explores the ways in which the new stylistic developments were closely bound up with a shifting politics of gender and authority. Modernisms introduces the reader to a wealth of literary experiment, beginning in the nineteenth-century world of Baudelaire and Mallarme and moving forward into the recognizably modern one of the first avant-gardes. Close readings of key texts monitor the explosive histories of Futurism, Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism - hisotires which allow the familiar terrain of Anglo-American modernism to be seen in a strikingly different light.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520201033
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/24/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
381
Sales rank:
1,428,204
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.63(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Of a Certain Tone1
1Ironies of the Modern5
2Breaking the Rules: Symbolism in France24
3Decadence and the Art of Death42
4Paths to the Future63
5A Metaphysics of Modernity: Marinetti and Italian Futurism84
6Other Spaces: French Cubism and Russian Futurism112
7Cruel Structures: The Development of Expressionism136
8Modernity and the 'Men of 1914'165
9At a Tangent: Other Modernisms193
10From Fantasy to Structure: Dada and Neo-Classicism223
11Other Times: The Narratives of High Modernism251
12Death and Desire: The Surrealist Adventure279
Notes303
Bibliography335
Index358

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