Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics, and Transnational Modernism

Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics, and Transnational Modernism

by Jessica Berman

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Jessica Berman demonstrates how modernist narrative connects ethical attitudes and responsibilities to the active creation of political relationships and the way we imagine justice. She challenges divisions between "modernist" and "committed" writing, arguing that a continuum of political engagement undergirds modernisms worldwide and that it is strengthened rather than hindered by formal experimentation. In addition to making the case for a transnational model of modernism, Berman shows how modernism's play with formal matters, its challenge to the boundaries between fact and fiction, its incorporation of vernacular and folkways, and its engagement with embodied experience and intimacy offer not only an expanded account of modernist texts and commitments but a new way of thinking about what modernism is and can do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231520393
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: Modernist Latitudes
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jessica Berman is associate professor and chair of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is the author of Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism, and the Politics of Community and the coeditor, with Jane Goldman, of Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds. She is also the co-editor, with Paul Saint-Amour, of the series Modernist Latitudes.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Imagining Justice
Part 1
1. Intimate and Global: Ethical Domains from Woolf to Rhys
2. Comparative Colonialisms: Joyce
Part 2
3. Modernism in the Zenana: The Domestic Spaces of Sorabji
4. Commitment and the Scene of War: Max Aub and Spanish Civil War Writing
5. Arising from the Cornlands: The Working-Class Voices of Conroy and Le Sueur

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John Marx

This is a state-of-the-art book, both in its aims and execution. Scholars of modernism will understand it as anticipating and guiding the field's changing shape, and literary scholars in general will turn to this volume to explain how the 'new modernism' is altering our sense of twentieth-century fiction and literary history as a whole.

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