Modernism and Literature
An Introduction and Reader
This volume offers a comprehensive representation of the exciting, pivotal, and urgent nature of literary Modernism, as well as more recent approaches including the "global turn." Modernism can be difficult to understand without an awareness of contemporary concerns, so Mia Carter and Alan Friedman incorporate texts from a wide variety of disciplines such as art, politics, science, medicine, and philosophy.
This volume's thoroughly explained, informative, and interesting discussions provide:
- An extensive introduction outlining the history and debates surrounding the movement
- Numerous foundational texts of Modernism such as Darwin, Duncan, Nietzsche, Einstein, Freud, Hughes, Luxemburg, Nietzsche, Stein, Zola
- Full texts and extracts representing Modernist writers - including Anand, Conrad, Eliot, James, Hurston, Lawrence, Wilde, Woolf and Yeats, as critics of themselves and their contemporaries
- A chronology of key historical events and publications
- A glossary of key terms, people, theories and themes
- A detailed further reading section offering advice on further study and research
- A companion website (www.routledge.com/cw/carter) featuring an interactive timeline with dates and images that contextualise the literature of the period, as well as author biographies and links to additional resources and videos.
Addressing current as well as historical debates about Modernism, this book includes discussion of the Harlem Renaissance, feminism and women’s writing, international and global movements and anti-imperialism, while acknowledging the variety of competing modernisms. This is the ideal guide for anyone seeking an overview and an in-depth treatment of this complex cultural turn and its foundational texts.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Literary Modernisms Readings in Foundational Texts of Modernism Part I. Culture and Aesthetics 1. Charles Baudelaire, "The Painter of Modern Life" 2. Walter Pater, "Conclusion," The Renaissance- Studies in Art and Poetry 3. Oscar Wilde, "The Decay of Lying" 4. William James, "The Stream of Consciousness" 5. Arthur Symons, "Introduction," The Symbolist Movement in Literature 6. Isadora Duncan, from The Dance of the Future 7. Wyndham Lewis, et al., from Blast: Review of the Great English Vortex 1 8. Langston Hughes, "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" 9. Gertrude Stein, "Composition as Explanation" 10. Sergei Eisenstein, "The Cinematographic Principle and the Ideogram" 11. Elizabeth Bowen, "Why I Go to the Cinema" 12. Louise Bogan, "Folk Art" 13. Bertolt Brecht, "Short Description of a New Technique of Acting Which Produces an Alienation Effect" Part II. Philosophy and Religion 14. Friedrich Nietzsche, from The Gay Science,Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and "The Antichrist" 15. James George Frazer, from The Golden Bough 16. Ingrid Bergson, from Creative Evolution 17. E.M. Forster, "What I Believe" 18. Walter Benjamin, "Theses on the Philosophy of History" Part III. Medicine, Science, and Technology 19. Charles Darwin, "Struggle for Existence," from On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection 20. John Tyndall, from Essays on the Use and Limit of the Imagination in Science 21. George Bernard Shaw, from "Preface on Doctors," The Doctor’s Dilemma 22. Albert Einstein, from The Evolution of Physics from Early Concepts to Relativity and Quanta 23. Werner Heisenberg, from "Non-Objective Science and Uncertainty" Part IV. Politics and War 24. Friedrich Nietzsche, "Aphorism #477," from Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits 25. J.A. Hobson, "Nationalism and Imperialism," from Imperialism: A Study 26. Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, "The Futurist Manifesto" 27. Rosa Luxemburg, "Peace Utopias" 28. James Joyce, "The Shade of Parnell" 29. Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, "Vortex Gaudier-Brzeska" 30. Siegfried Sassoon, "Finished with the War: A Soldier’s Declaration" 31. The Kellogg-Briand Pact 32. Kenneth Burke, "The Rhetoric of Hitler's Battle" 33. C.L.R. James ["Native Son"], "My Friends: A Fireside Chat on the War" Part V. Gender and Sexuality 34. Havelock Ellis & John Addington Symonds, "The Theory of Sexual Inversion" 35. Sigmund Freud, "Female Sexuality" 36. Edward Carpenter, "The Intermediate Sex" 37. Emma Goldman, "The Tragedy of Woman’s Emancipation" 38. Margaret Sanger, "The Case for Birth Control" Part VI. Race and Ethnicity 39. Charles Darwin, "On the Formation of the Races of Man," from The Descent of Man 40. Emile Zola, "J’accuse" 41. Marita Bonner, "On Being Young -- A Woman -- And Colored" 42. Alain Locke, "Introduction," The New Negro 43. Zora Neale Hurston, "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" 44. Jean Toomer, "Race Problems and Modern Society" 45. Nancy Cunard, from Black Man and White Ladyship: An Anniversary Part VII. Global Modernisms 46. José Martí, "Our America" 47. Ryosuke Akutagawa, "A Fool's Life" 48. Lu Xun (Zhou Shuren), "Literature and Revolution" 49. Mulk Raj Anand, "Muhammad Iqbal" 50. Munshi Premchand (Dhanpat Rai), "The Aim of Literature" 51. "Légitime Défense Manifesto" Readings in Literary Criticism by Modernist Writers Part VIII. Modernist Writers on Themselves 52. Henry James, "The Art of Fiction" 53. Oscar Wilde, "Preface," The Picture of Dorian Gray 54. Joseph Conrad, "Preface." The Nigger of the "Narcissus 55. W.B. Yeats, "The Symbolism of Poetry" 56. Ezra Pound, "A Few Don'ts by an Imagiste" 57. T.S. Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent" 58. Virginia Woolf, "Modern Fiction" 59. Luigi Pirandello, "Preface," Six Characters in Search of an Author 60. D.H. Lawrence, "Why the Novel Matters" Part IX. Modernist Writers on Their Contemporaries 61. George Bernard Shaw, "The Technical Novelty in Ibsen's Plays" 62. Ezra Pound, "Dubliners and Mr James Joyce" 63. T.S. Eliot, "Ulysses, Order, and Myth" 64. D.H. Lawrence, "Surgery for the Novel -- Or, a Bomb?" 65. Mina Loy, "Modern Poetry" 66. Ford Madox Ford, from Joseph Conrad: A Personal Remembrance 67. Virginia Woolf, "How It Strikes a Contemporary," "The Leaning Tower" 68. E.M. Forster, "Virginia Woolf" 69. Louis MacNeice, "The Tower That Once" 70. Ralph Ellison, "Richard Wright's Blues" 71. H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), from Tribute to Freud
Mia Carter is a University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Texas at Austin; she was recognized as a University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teacher in 2010. Her fields of specialization are Modern Studies, Imperial and Postcolonial Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies. Carter is co-editor (with Barbara Harlow) of Archives of Empire (Duke UP) and Orientalism and Imperialism: A Documentary Sourcebook (Basil Blackwell). Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including English Language Notes, Signs, Studies in European Cinema, and ALIF: Journal of Comparative Poetics. Her current work in progress is Virginia Woolf, History's Child: Heritage and Imagination.
Thaman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas, Austin, Alan Friedman has also taught at universities in England, France, and Ireland. His five authored books include Fictional Death and The Modernist Enterprise, Party Pieces: Oral Storytelling and Social Performance in Joyce and Beckett, and Multivalence: The Moral Quality of Form in the Modern Novel, and monographs on Lawrence Durrell and William Faulkner. His ten edited books and journals include compilations on Durrell, Beckett, Joyce, and Mario Vargas Llosa, plus Situating College English: Lessons from an American University. He has chaired UT’s Faculty Council and received its Civitatis Award for "dedicated and meritorious service."
Featured Author Profiles
"This expertly assembled, comprehensive volume will be an indispensible reference work to students and teachers. Modernism and Literature demonstrates the interdisciplinary scope as well as the global relevance of modernism." Anita Patterson, Associate Professor of English, Boston University
"This exciting new anthology of modernist literature and culture will undoubtedly become an indispensable resource for readers, teachers, and researchers alike. The volume, with its carefully framed conjunction of texts, offers us a newly textured terrain and will certainly generate new perspectives on modernism." Dr. Anna Snaith, Reader in Twentieth-Century Literature, King’s College London
"Wide-ranging and multifaceted, Modernism and Literature combines extensive introductions to well-selected readings with an excellent critical apparatus. It amounts to the closest single volume there is to a comprehensive resource for graduate and undergraduate courses on Modernism." Peter Childs, Professor of Modern English Literature, University of Gloucestershire
"This reader impressively captures the modernist sense of excitement, danger and novelty. With its enterprising mix of familiar and less familiar texts, Modernism and Literature will be a major resource for students of the period." Peter Nicholls, Professor of English, New York University
"This will be an extremely helpful text for students, providing them a deeper historical sense of the roots of Modernism than most other anthologies, as well as a wider perspective in global sources." Susan Weisser, Adelphi University
"Mia Carter and Alan Friedman have done a wonderful job of providing us with a new primary map and with new highlighted routes connecting the various capitals of modernist studies. I wish I had had the book in my hands twenty years ago." Joshua Weiner, Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland, College Park
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