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Modernism After the Death of God

Christianity, Fragmentation, and Unification, 1st Edition

By Stephen Kern

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190 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Modernism After the Death of God explores the work of seven influential modernists. Friedrich Nietzsche, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, André Gide, and Martin Heidegger criticized the destructive impact that they believed Christian sexual morality had had or threatened to have on their love life. Although not a Christian, Freud criticized the negative effect that Christian sexual morality had on his clinical subjects and on Western civilization, while Virginia Woolf condemned how her society was sanctioned by a patriarchal Christian authority. All seven worked to replace the loss or absence of Christian unity with non-Christian unifying projects in their respective fields of philosophy, psychiatry, or literature. The basic structure of their main contributions to modernist culture was a dynamic interaction of radical fragmentation necessitating radical unification that was always in process and never complete.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Christian unity to modernist unification

Chapter 1. Friedrich Nietzsche: greatness, meaning, and authenticity

Chapter 2. James Joyce: wholeness, harmony, and radiance

Chapter 3. Sigmund Freud: psychoanalysis and psychosynthesis

Chapter 4. D. H. Lawrence: spontaneous-creative fullness of being

Chapter 5. André Gide: wholly available to life and love

Chapter 6. Martin Heidegger: pursuing the question of Being

Chapter 7. Virginia Woolf: creating shape out of chaos

Conclusion: A modernist ideal type

About the Author

Stephen Kern is a Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at Ohio State University. His publications include The Culture of Time and Space 1880–1918 (1983); The Culture of Love: Victorians to Moderns (1992); A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought (2004), and The Modernist Novel: A Critical Introduction (2011).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT020000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LIT024000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Religion
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PHILOSOPHY / General
PSY016000
PSYCHOLOGY / Human Sexuality