Modernist Fiction: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

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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"A welcome surprise comes in his stirrings into his heady brew of ideas and narrative techniques of the underappreciated Christopher Isherwood and Lewis Grassic Gibbon." -- Saint Louis Post Dispatch

"Usefully reveals and illuminates many of the complexities and triumphs of modernist fiction." -- D.H. Lawrence Review

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A comprehensive introduction to modernist fiction. Drawing on narrative theory and cultural history, Stevenson (English, U. of Edinburgh) offers insights into the work of such modernists as James, Conrad, Ford, Lawrence, Woolf, Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Dorothy Richardson, and May Sinclair. He also discusses Proust's role in the development of modernism in Europe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813108148
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 9/4/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Randall Stevenson is professor of twentieth century literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author or coeditor of numerous books, including Literature and the Great War.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Modernism and modernity 1
2 Space 17
Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford 18
D. H. Lawrence 28
Dorothy Richardson and May Sinclair 36
James Joyce 45
Virginia Woolf 53
Background and context 58
3 Time 83
Striking clocks and new chronologies 83
The time philosophy 102
Mean time 113
Fragment or flow 124
Cracks and chasms: Time and the Western Front 137
4 Art 155
Art and the novel 155
The revolution of language 166
Modernism and postmodernism 195
5 Value 201
The end of modernism 201
The evasions of modernism 206
The value of modernism 213
Notes 225
Select bibliography 235
Index 243
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