Modernist Literature: Challenging Fictions / Edition 1

Modernist Literature: Challenging Fictions / Edition 1

by Vicki Mahaffey
     
 

"Challenging Fiction" is a double entendre. This unusual book argues that modernist fiction is not only difficult (or challenging) to read, it also provokes readers to challenge the fictions that they live by. To read modernist literature in a way that unlocks its humor, its discomfiting insights, and its strong emotional undercurrents, a reader must be both

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Overview

"Challenging Fiction" is a double entendre. This unusual book argues that modernist fiction is not only difficult (or challenging) to read, it also provokes readers to challenge the fictions that they live by. To read modernist literature in a way that unlocks its humor, its discomfiting insights, and its strong emotional undercurrents, a reader must be both receptive and resistant to the author’s perspective, actively challenging it with his or her own experience, knowledge, and sensibilities.

Using writers as diverse as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Djuna Barnes, Oscar Wilde, and Jean Rhys, this book demonstrates that the rewards of "challenging fiction" are considerable, and unexpected.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631213079
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Vicki Mahaffey is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of York and a former Guggenheim Fellow and winner of both the Lindback Award and the Ira Abrams Award for teaching. Her previous publications include Reauthorizing Joyce (1988) and States of Desire: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, and the Irish Experience (1998).

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: Introduction.

1. Why Read Challenging Literature?.

Part II: Readings.

2. Partnering: Holmes and Watson, Author and Reader, Lover and Loved, Man and Wife.

3. Window Painting: The Art of Blocking Understanding.

4. Watchman, What of the Night?.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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