Modernist Fiction: An Introduction / Edition 1

Modernist Fiction: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Randall Stevenson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813108144

ISBN-13: 9780813108148

Pub. Date: 09/04/2009

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

To many writers of the early twentieth century, modernism meant not only the reshaping or abandonment of tradition but also an interest in psychology and in new concepts of space, time, art, and language. Randall Stevenson's important new analysis of the genre presents a lucid, comprehensive introduction to modernist fiction, covering a wide range of writers and

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To many writers of the early twentieth century, modernism meant not only the reshaping or abandonment of tradition but also an interest in psychology and in new concepts of space, time, art, and language. Randall Stevenson's important new analysis of the genre presents a lucid, comprehensive introduction to modernist fiction, covering a wide range of writers and works.

Drawing on narrative theory and cultural history, Stevenson offers fresh insights into the work of such important modernists as Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, D.H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce. In addition he discusses the work of Marcel Proust, an important figure in the development of modernism in Europe.

This illuminating book places the new imagination of the modernist age in its historical context and looks at how and why the pressures of early twentieth century life led to the development of this distinctive and influential literary form. This accessible account of modernism, modernity, and the novel will be welcomed by students, scholars, and general readers alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813108148
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
09/04/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Modernism and modernity1
2Space17
Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford18
D. H. Lawrence28
Dorothy Richardson and May Sinclair36
James Joyce45
Virginia Woolf53
Background and context58
3Time83
Striking clocks and new chronologies83
The time philosophy102
Mean time113
Fragment or flow124
Cracks and chasms: Time and the Western Front137
4Art155
Art and the novel155
The revolution of language166
Modernism and postmodernism195
5Value201
The end of modernism201
The evasions of modernism206
The value of modernism213
Notes225
Select bibliography235
Index243

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