Reading 1922: A Return to the Scene of the Modern

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In this book, Michael North makes an ambitious journey back to 1922, examining the world in which Ulysses and The Waste Land - two texts synonymous with literary modernism - were first published. By reconstructing the larger culture into which these works were introduced, this study attempts to give a new start to critical controversies about aesthetic modernism and modern culture.. "Returning to the world of 1922, North discovers many connections between people, movements, disciplines, and artistic works that are usually considered to be distinct from one another. In disclosing these connections, this book provides evidence to dispute common generalizations about the separation of modern literature from the social and cultural world around it. Paying attention to literary masterpieces as well as lesser-known texts, North considers the work of Howard Carter, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bronislaw Malinowski, Virginia Woolf, Anzia Yezierska, D. H. Lawrence, Sherwood Anderson, E. E. Cummings, Charlie Chaplin, Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and a host of other writers, both famous and forgotten.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195151633
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor of English at UCLA, Michael North is the author of four books, including The Dialect of Modernism: Race, Language, and Twentieth-Century Literature (OUP 1994). He has written and lectured widely on many aspects of modern culture, including literature, politics, and the arts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Translation, Mistranslation, and the Tractatus 31
Ch. 2 The Public Unconscious 65
Ch. 3 Tourists in the Age of the World Picture 107
Ch. 4 Across the Great Divide 140
Ch. 5 All Nice Wives Are Like That 173
Conclusion 205
Notes 215
Index 261
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