Responses to Modernity: Essays in the Politics of Culture

Responses to Modernity: Essays in the Politics of Culture

by Joseph Frank


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This book consists of essays and reviews that address social, political, and cultural issues which arose in connection with literature broadly conceived in the wake of the First World War, and extending throughout the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823239252
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joseph Frank is Professor Emeritus of the Comparative Literature Department at Princeton University and of the Slavic and comp. Lit. Dept. of Stanford University. He has published five volumes on the life and works of Dostoevsky, recently condensed into one with the title: Dostoevsky, A Writer in His Time.

Table of Contents

Previous Publication ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 France

1 Paul Valéry: Masters and Friends 5

2 Jacques Maritain: Medieval Modernism 22

3 Camus as Journalist 34

4 André Malraux: A Hero of His Time 45

5 Yves Bonnefoy: Notes of an Admirer 61

6 Racine and Anti-Semitism 78

7 Nicola Chiaromonte: The Ethics of Politics 86

8 French Intellectuals between the Wars 96

9 Sartre: An Existentialist in the Underworld 105

Part 2 Germany and Romania

10 Ernst Juenger: An Impenitent Prussian 111

11 The "Double Life" of Gottfried Benn 116

12 Erich Kahler and the Quest for a Human Absolute 120

13 Eliade, Cioran, Ionesco: The Treason of the Intellectuals 136

Part 3 Critics and Criticism

14 Eliot's Legacy 157

15 The Novel in Wonderland 165

16 R. P. Blackmur's Texts: An Introduction 177

17 Ian Watt: A Tribute 187

18 Gary Saul Morson's Narrative and Freedom 204

19 Lilian Furst and the Art of Literary Realism 215

Index 221

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