Paranoid Modernism : Literary Experiment, Psychosis, and the Professionalization of English Society

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What provoked the fierce and systematic "will to experiment" that was Modernism? Seeking an answer to this question, David Trotter examines the careers of Ford Madox Ford, D. H. Lawrence, and Wyndham Lewis as well as the early psychiatric literature and case-histories of paranoia. The result is a new and unexpected approach to the preoccupations with gender and with the politics of culture that currently characterize the study of the period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198187554
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A Brief History of Paranoia 15
2 Paranoia, Psychoanalysis, and Cultural Theory 49
3 Career Development: William Godwin, Wilkie Collins, and the Psychopathies of Expertise 81
4 Towards an Epidemiology of Paranoid Narrative 127
5 One of Whom? Lord Jim and 'Ability in the Abstract 159
6 Ford's Impressionism 187
7 The Will-to-Abstraction: Hulme, Lewis, Lawrence 220
8 D. H. Lawrence: Women in Love, Men in Madness 250
9 Wyndham Lewis's Professions 284
10 Beyond Modernism, Beyond Paranoia 326
Index 355
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