In Mosaic Modernism David Kadlec examines the anarchist and pragmatist origins of modernism as a literary/cultural phenomenon. Treating a wi de range of historical sources and materials, many of them previously unpublished, Kadlec argues that the formal experiments of leading mode rnists were spurred by German, French, and British anarchists. He thus offers a dramatically new account of modernism's political genesis an d the mosaic, improvisational tendencies of modern literature.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Series:||New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.33(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.01(d)|
About the Author
David Kadlec is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Georgetown University.
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A fascinating book, ambitious in its arguments and innovative in its approach to literary and cultural analysis. Kadlec argues very convincingly that extraliterary concerns, adopted from anarchist social thinkers and pragmatist philosophers, were central to the vision and craft of key modernist authors.(Brian Lloyd, University of California, Riverside, author of Left Out)
Mosaic Modernism combines the precision and densely woven detail of a historian with the sensitive attention to nuance and aesthetics of a literary critic. Among Kadlec's most important claims are, first, that European-based modernists like Pound, Joyce, and Lewis develop their aesthetics from the base of a radically different understanding of race and class than American-based modernists like Williams and Moore, despite some common philosophical and political sources; and, second, that African American writers like Locke and Hurston are as thoroughly grounded in the philosophies of pragmatism and cultural pluralism as are Williams and Moore. This book is rich in information and insights.
(Cristanne Miller, Pomona College)