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Aestheticism and Modernism
Debating Twentieth-Century Literature 1900–1960



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ISBN 9780415351683
Published December 9, 2004 by Routledge
432 Pages

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This textbook ranges from the early twentieth-century to the full array of modernisms emerging between the First and Second World Wars. The editors introduce twentieth-century debates around genre, form and content reflected in both literary and critical writing of the period, as well as differing accounts of the function of literature (aestheticist vs. didactic). They go on to examine debates around modernisms, and the various ways in which authors negotiated the departure of the modern from the past in terms of style, form, ideas and ideology.
This wide-ranging volume is not only ideal as the first part of a course on twentieth-century literature, but also as a companion to courses on modernist literature and culture.
Texts examined in detail include:
Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, Mansfield's Short Stories, poetry of the 1930s, Gibbon's Sunset Song, Eliot's Prufrock, Brecht's Galileo, Woolf's Orlando, Okigbo's Selected Poems.

Table of Contents

Preface  Part 1: What is literature for?  Introduction to Part 1 - Richard Danson Brown  Chapter 1: Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard - Sara Haslam  Chapter 2: The stories of Katherine Mansfield - Delia Da Sousa Correa  Chapter 3: Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song - David Johnson  Chapter 4: The poetry of the 1930s - Richard Danson Brown  Part 2: Contending Modernisms   Introduction to Part 2 - Suman Gupta  Chapter 5: T.S. Eliot, Prufrock and Other Observations - Suman Gupta  Chapter 6: Viginia Woolf, Orlando - Nicola J. Watson  Chapter 7: Bertholt Brecht: Life of Galileo - Dennis Walder  Chapter 8: The poetry of Christopher Okigbo - David Richards

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