Modernism and Morality discusses the relationship between artistic and moral ideas in European and American literary modernism. Rather than reading modernism as a complete rejection of social morality, this study shows how early twentieth-century writers like Conrad, Faulkner, Gide, Kafka, Mann and Stein actually devised new aesthetic techniques to address ethical problems. By focusing on a range of decadent, naturalist, avant-garde and expatriate writers between 1890 and the late 1930s this book reassesses the moral trajectory of transatlantic fiction.
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About the Author
Martin Halliwell is Lecturer in English and American Studies at the University of Leicester.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements Introduction: Modernity and the Crisis of Morals PART I: NATURALISM AND DECADENCE Decadence, Naturalism and the Morality of Writing (Huysmans, Wilde, Norris, Wharton) Books and Ruins: Abject Decadence in Gide and Mann PART II: SYMBOLIC CENTRES OF MODERISM Extremist Modernism: The Avant-Garde and the Limits of Art (Tzara, Huelsenbeck, Breton, Aragon) Moral Regeneration and Moral Bankruptcy: Conrad, Faulkner and Idiocy PART III: SEXUAL AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCE American Expatriate Fictions and the Ethics of Sexual Difference (Stein, Hemingway, Miller, Nin) The Blind Impress of Modernity: Lorca, Kafka and New York PART IV: MODERNIST TRICKERY The Modernist Picaresque: Moralists without Qualities (Musil, Hesse, Hurston, Roth) Myths of the Magician: Klaus and Thomas Mann in Nazi Germany Conclusion: Liberating the Fear of Modernity Endnotes Bibliography Index