The better half combines a extensive grounding within the crucial texts and contexts of the modernist flow with the original insights of students whose careers were dedicated to the research of modernism.
An crucial source for college students and lecturers of modernist literature and culture
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Includes greater than 60 contributions from probably the most exceptional modernist students on either side of the Atlantic
Brings jointly entries on components of modernist tradition, modern highbrow and aesthetic activities, and all of the genres of modernist writing and art
Features 25 essays at the sign texts of modernist literature, from James Joyce’s Ulysses to Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes have been observing God
Pays shut awareness to either British and American modernism
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D. H. Lawrence: A Biography. New York: Knopf. Morris, Adalaide Kirby (1974). Wallace Stevens: Imagination and Faith. : Princeton University Press. Nietzsche, Friedrich (1974). The Gay Science, trans. Walter Kaufmann. New York: Vintage. Ricks, Christopher (1988). T. S. Eliot and Prejudice. London: Faber and Faber. Stevens, Wallace (1997). Collected Poetry and Prose, ed. Frank Kermode and Joan Richardson. New York: Library of America. 28 Pericles Lewis Wilson, A. N. (2000). God’s Funeral: A Biography of Faith and Doubt in Western Civilization.
These quotations illustrate two central issues for twentieth-century attitudes to religion: on the one hand, the death of God leaves humanity facing an abyss of moral relativism; on the other hand, God’s “gruesome shadow” continues to haunt even those who proclaim their atheism. Both Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche articulated the sense that there could be no successful liberal compromise between God and the forces of modernity. Along with Søren Kierkegaard, they would come to be seen as the first representatives of existentialism, a philosophy that would achieve more formal systematization in the works of Martin Heidegger in the modernist period and Jean-Paul Sartre after the Second World War.
Joyce understood the need to conflate the two maxims as he transformed Odysseus into Leopold Bloom wandering in a modern Dublin, a lateVictorian world into which whole encyclopedias were then downloaded, thus exploding the confines of both the Victorian novel and the classical epic spirit. A good place to survey nineteenth-century philosophies leading to modernism is Max Nordau’s diatribe against the “moderns” thought of as “symptoms” of degeneration. In Degeneration (1892, English translation 1895), Nordau delivered a sweeping denunciation of the “modern” in all its shapes, thus presenting a sharp a contrario perspective on the conceptual origins of modernism.
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