Modernism

Modernism

Modernism

Modernism

Synopsis

With its battle cry of 'Make it New', the modernist movement shook the foundations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century literary establishment. Modernism offers an outstanding analysis of this literary and cultural revolution.Peter Childs' immensely readable account:* details the origins of the modernist movement and the influence of thinkers such as Darwin, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, Saussure and Einstein* explores the radical changes which occurred in the literature, drama, art and film of the period* traces 'modernism at work' in the writing of Joyce, Woolf, Mansfield, Forster, Yeats, Ford, Eliot, Conrad, Beckett and other key literary figures* reflects upon the shift from modernism to postmodernism.Engaging, lucid and critically informed, this book takes the reader from the basics to an advanced understanding of one of the most important cultural movements of the last hundred years.

Excerpt

The New Critical Idiom is a series of introductory books which seeks to extend the lexicon of literary terms, in order to address the radical changes which have taken place in the study of literature during the last decades of the twentieth century. The aim is to provide clear, well-illustrated accounts of the full range of terminology currently in use, and to evolve histories of its changing usage.

The current state of the discipline of literary studies is one where there is considerable debate concerning basic questions of terminology. This involves, among other things, the boundaries which distinguish the literary from the non-literary; the position of literature within the larger sphere of culture; the relationship between literatures of different cultures; and questions concerning the relation of literary to other cultural forms within the context of interdisciplinary studies.

It is clear that the field of literary criticism and theory is a dynamic and heterogeneous one. The present need is for individual volumes on terms which combine clarity of exposition with an adventurousness of perspective and a breadth of application. Each volume will contain as part of its apparatus some indication of the direction in which the definition of particular terms is likely to move, as well as expanding the disciplinary boundaries within which some of these terms have been traditionally contained. This will involve some re-situation of terms within the larger field of cultural representation, and will introduce examples from the area of film and the modern media in addition to examples from a variety of literary texts.

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