Deviant Modernism: Sexual and Textual Errancy in T. S. Eliot, James Joyce and Marcel Proust

Deviant Modernism: Sexual and Textual Errancy in T. S. Eliot, James Joyce and Marcel Proust

by Colleen Lamos

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Overview

This original study reevaluates central texts of the modernist canon—Eliot's early poetry including The Waste Land, Joyce's Ulysses and Proust's Remembrance of Things Past—by examining sexual energies and identifications in them that are typically regarded as perverse. Colleen Lamos' analysis of the operations of gender and sexuality in these texts reveals conflicts, concerning the definition of masculine heterosexuality, which cut across the aesthetics of modernism. What emerges is a reconsideration of modernist literature as a whole, gender categories, and the relation between errant sexuality and literary "mistakes."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521624183
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/10/1998
Series: Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Pages: 269
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Straightening out literary criticism: T. S. Eliot and error; 2. The end of poetry for ladies: T. S. Eliot's early poetry; 3. Text of error, text in error: James Joyce's Ulysses; 4. Sexual/textual inversion: Marcel Proust; Conclusion.

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