Waking Giants: The Presence of the Past in Modernism

Waking Giants: The Presence of the Past in Modernism

by Herbert N. Schneidau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195068629

ISBN-13: 9780195068627

Pub. Date: 08/28/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This is a study of the most paradoxical aspect of modernism, its obsession with the past. Eliot wrote that the artist must be conscious "not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence." This creed permeated the movement: Modernists believed that the energies of the past could be resurrected in modern works, and that they could be the very

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This is a study of the most paradoxical aspect of modernism, its obsession with the past. Eliot wrote that the artist must be conscious "not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence." This creed permeated the movement: Modernists believed that the energies of the past could be resurrected in modern works, and that they could be the very force that makes those works modern: the urge of Pound and others to "make it new" stemmed from seeing the past as a source of renewal. Schneidau focuses on separate texts that incorporate these concepts: Joyce's Ulysses, Hardy's poems, Forster's Howards End, Conrad's Secret Agent, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, and finally Pound's Cantos. In his discussions, many little-noticed connections are examined, including a transatlantic set: Hardy with Pound, Forster with Fitzgerald, Joyce and Lawrence with Anderson.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195068627
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1991
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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