By Andrzej Gasiorek
A historical past of Modernist Literature offers a severe evaluation of modernism in England among the overdue Nineties and the overdue Thirties, targeting the writers, texts, and events that have been specifically major within the improvement of modernism in the course of those years.
- A stimulating and coherent account of literary modernism in England which emphasizes the inventive achievements of specific figures and gives special readings of key works via the main major modernist authors whose paintings reworked early twentieth-century English literary culture
- Provides in-depth dialogue of highbrow debates, the fabric stipulations of literary creation and dissemination, and the actual destinations within which writers lived and worked
- The first large-scale publication to supply a scientific review of modernism because it constructed in England from the overdue Nineties via to the past due 1930s
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Similar sentiments inform Cournos’s Babel. This work hovers on the margins of modernism and certainly is far less technically adventurous than other texts published in the same year, among them Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce’s Ulysses, and Woolf’s Jacob’s Room. Wandering the streets of London, to which he has lately come, Cournos’s protagonist Gombarov is struck by its ‘fantastic evening daylight’, which seems to him ‘the light of another sphere, where spirits hold revels and dreams are born’ (B 83), and as he approaches the centre of the city he feels that he is encountering a vibrant ‘new England’ (B 88) of blazing attractions: lit‐up cinemas, music halls, and modern advertisements.
Dada, indeed, is often found to be undermining the very notion of avant‐garde ‘radicalism’, long before it has been codified in these terms by later critics. Thus the ‘Dada Manifesto’ of 1918 begins by announcing that ‘To launch a manifesto you have to want: A. B.
This view has been widely accepted. 64 This break, it is commonly argued, comes about because the older forms are thought to be inadequate to the task of engaging with modernity, with the result that a profound crisis of representation ensues. The problem with these accounts is that the word ‘tradition’ is being used imprecisely. It is not helpful to talk about a challenge to tradition in general terms because there are always multiple (and competing) traditions at work in any period and any culture.
A History of Modernist Literature by Andrzej Gasiorek