Modernism, 1910-1945: Image to Apocalypse

Modernism, 1910-1945: Image to Apocalypse

by Jane Goldman


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This essential guide explores and celebrates the rise and development of modernist and avant-garde literatures and theories in the period 1910-1945, from Imagism to the Apocalypse movement. Jane Goldman charts transitions in writing, reading, performing and publishing practices, and in international groupings and regroupings of writers and artists, and interrogates the term 'Modernism' which labels the era. Goldman introduces students to the work of many canonical high modernist writers, such as Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, and samples the work of other important modernist figures, including Nathanael West, John Rodker, Aldous Huxley and the Harlem Renaissance poets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333696200
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 02/21/2004
Series: Transitions
Edition description: 2003
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

JANE GOLDMAN is Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Dundee. She is the author of The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf: Modernism, Post-Impressionism and the Politics of the Visual (1998) and co-editor of Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents (1998).

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface.- Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction: Making it New.- PART I: 1910 IMAGE, ORDER, WAR.- Literature after 1910: Formalism, the Visual Arts, and Cultural Change.- Tradition, Order, War and the Dead: Critical and Cultural Contexts for T. S. Eliot's 'Tradition and the Individual Talent'.- The Egoist, War, Hell, and Image: T. S. Eliot, Dora Marsden, John Rodker, Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington et al..- 'Tradition' and 'Mrs Brown': T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf.- PART II: IMAGE, GENDER, APOCALYPSE.- Rude Mouths: Wyndham Lewis, Gertrude Stein, H. D., Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Richard Wright et al.- Gender Wars in Hell: James Joyce, Kurt Schwitters, Gerturde Stein and Virginia Woolf.- Order, Night, Rage: Wallace Stevens, Gertrude Stein, Eugene Jolas, James Joyce, W. H. Auden, Nathaniel West et al.- Apocalypse, Auschwitz, the Bomb, and After: Virginia Woolf, David Gascoyne, Paul Celan, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Kurt Schwitters et al.- Appendix 1: Chronology.- Appendix 2: Annotated Bibliography.- Bibliography.- Index.

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Jane Goldman's romp ... through 35 years of avant-garde modernism's figures and texts, plunges us into the centre of things .... All our favourites are here, seen with an intelligent eye and summarised with an intelligent pen.' - Mary Ann Caws, City University New York

'Jane Goldman's Modernism, 1910-1945 is a sparkling intervention into the current refigurations of modernism and the debates over the modern, the postmodern, and the avant-garde. Even while she restores to some of the classic High Modernist texts their subversive potential, she shows the repercussions of the modernist project into the 1940s in America (with Nathanael West) and Great Britain (with the undervalued Apocalyptics.) Playful and learned, the book rearranges our literary maps of the last century.' - R. Brandon Kershner, Alumni Professor of English, University of Florida

'This is an elegantly crafted and subtly encyclopaedic guide to Modernism. It will be a 'must have' for all students of Modernism and Modernity.' - Professor Maggie Humm, University of East London, UK

'An excellently written, immensely knowledgeable account of the contribution of English language literature to modernism and the avant-garde. Through its emphasis on modern art techniques and the impact they had on literature, the book offers an alternative approach to the study of the literature of the period and succeeds in presenting it in a refreshingly new, multifaceted and reader-friendly fashion. This book will no doubt secure English literature a more distinguished place in discussions about modernism and the avant-garde than it has experienced so far.' - Professor Dietrich Scheunemann, University of Edinburgh

'It's original and fresh in approach, and very detailed and hard-working in grounding its judgements in contemporary etc. evidence.' - Randall Stevenson, University of Edinburgh

'Goldman gives a good account of the gendered nature of modernism - here misogynist, there androgynist, and its historical, political and intellectual content, shaped by the Great War, Dolshevism, fascism, the General Strike, the Crash of 1929, and the Second World War.' Kevin Davey, The Tribune

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