1st Edition

Literary and Cultural Alternatives to Modernism Unsettling Presences

Edited By Kostas Boyiopoulos, Anthony Patterson, Mark Sandy Copyright 2019
    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    Our collection of essays re-evaluates the much critically contested term of Modernism that, eventually, came to be used of the dominant, or paradigmatic, strain of literary discourse in early-twentieth-century culture. Modernism as a category is one which is constantly challenged, hybridised, and fractured by voices operating from inside and outside the boundaries it designates. These concerns are reflected by those figures addressed by our contributors’ chapters, which include Rupert Brooke, G. K. Chesterton, E.M. Forster, Thomas Hardy, M. R. James, C.L.R James, Vernon Lee, D.H. Lawrence, Richard La Galliene, Pamela Colman Smith, Arthur Symons, and H.G. Wells. Alert to these disturbing voices or unsettling presences that vex accounts of an emergent Modernism in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century literary cultures predominately between 1890-1939, our volume questions traditional critical mappings, taxonomies, and periodisations of this vital literary cultural moment. Our volume is equally sensitive to how the avant garde felt for those living and writing within the period with a view to offering a renewed sense of the literary and cultural alternatives to Modernism.

    Introduction: Alternatives to Modernism: Dissonant Voices and Multiple Modernities 1890-1939

    Kostas Boyiopoulos, Anthony Patterson, Mark Sandy

    PART 1

    Unsettled Voices: Imaginative and Cultural Encounters

    1. Rhetoric and Feeling in Rupert Brooke
    2. Andrew Hodgson

    3. Strange Truths: Romantic Reimaginings in Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon
    4. Mark Sandy

    5. ‘Now I Climb Alone’: Poetic Subjectivity in Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas and Stephen Spender
    6. Michael O’Neill

      PART 2

      Dissenting Voices: Aestheticism, Gender, and the Art of Identity

    7. Pamela Colman Smith, Anansi and the Child: From The Green Sheaf (1903) to The Anti-Suffrage Alphabet (1912)
    8. Katharine Cockin

    9. Maverick Modernists: Sapphic Trajectories from Vernon Lee to D. H. Lawrence
    10. Sondeep Kandola

    11. ‘Modernistic Shone the Lamplight’: Arthur Symons among the Moderns
    12. Kostas Boyiopoulos

    13. Richard Le Gallienne: A Jongleur Strayed into the Modern World
    14. Margaret D. Stetz

      PART 3

      Double Voices: Central and Peripheral Transactions

    15. ‘If I’m Not Very Careful, Something of This Kind May Happen To Me!’: The Preordained Role of the Reader in M.R. James’s Ghost Stories
    16. Luke Seaber

    17. A Large Mouth Shown to a Dentist: G. K. Chesterton’s Surgical Parodying of T. S. Eliot
    18. Michael Shallcross

    19. Modernist or Realist?: The Double Vision of E. M. Forster
    20. Kate Symondson

    21. The Amateur Modernist: C. L. R. James in Bloomsbury
    22. Saikat Majumdar

      PART 4

      Popular Voices: Questions of Realism, Politics, and Modernity

    23. The Iconoclasm of H. G. Wells and the Modernist Canon
    24. Carey Snyder

    25. Writing for a New Age: Arnold Bennett and the Avant-Garde
    26. Anthony Patterson

    27. Parade’s End and the Modernist Legacy of Nineteenth-Century Literary Toryism

              Koenraad Claes


    Kostas Boyiopoulos is Teaching Associate at the Department of English Studies at Durham University

    Anthony Patterson is Assistant Professor of English at Celal Bayar University in Manisa, Turkey.

    Mark Sandy is Reader in English and Deputy Head of the Department of English Studies at Durham University.