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Literary and Cultural Alternatives to Modernism
Unsettling Presences

ISBN 9781032093345
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

Kostas Boyiopoulos, Anthony Patterson, Mark Sandy


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

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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.