Wyndham Lewis and the Art of Modern War

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This volume considers the place of aggression and warfare in Lewis' art and literature within a closely defined historical context. Focusing on the effect of the First World War on Lewis's thought and his practice as artist and writer, it examines his war art, and the post-war politics and aesthetics in detail, and reassess the justice of the view of Lewis as the uncontrolled aggressor of British modernism.
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Overview

This volume considers the place of aggression and warfare in Lewis' art and literature within a closely defined historical context. Focusing on the effect of the First World War on Lewis's thought and his practice as artist and writer, it examines his war art, and the post-war politics and aesthetics in detail, and reassess the justice of the view of Lewis as the uncontrolled aggressor of British modernism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521107907
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2009
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: 'the subject of modern war' 1
2 Wyndham Lewis: war and aggression 14
3 Wyndham Lewis, the anti-war war artist 38
4 Actors and spectators in the theatre of war: Wyndham Lewis's First World War art and literature 58
5 Shellshock, anti-Semitism, and the agency of the avant-garde 78
6 'Grief with a yard wide grin': war and Wyndham Lewis's Tyros 99
7 'It's time for another war': the historical unconscious and the failure of modernism 124
8 Wyndham Lewis and history painting in the later 1930s 155
9 Aggression, aesthetics, modernity: Wyndham Lewis and the fate of art 181
Notes 211
Index 244
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