Modernisms: A Literary Guide / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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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: 9780520201033
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/24/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 381
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.63 (h) x 0.75 (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
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Of a Certain Tone 1
1 Ironies of the Modern 5
2 Breaking the Rules: Symbolism in France 24
3 Decadence and the Art of Death 42
4 Paths to the Future 63
5 A Metaphysics of Modernity: Marinetti and Italian Futurism 84
6 Other Spaces: French Cubism and Russian Futurism 112
7 Cruel Structures: The Development of Expressionism 136
8 Modernity and the 'Men of 1914' 165
9 At a Tangent: Other Modernisms 193
10 From Fantasy to Structure: Dada and Neo-Classicism 223
11 Other Times: The Narratives of High Modernism 251
12 Death and Desire: The Surrealist Adventure 279
Notes 303
Bibliography 335
Index 358
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