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Modernism and Theory
A Critical Debate

Edited By

Stephen Ross

ISBN 9780415461573
Published December 9, 2008 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Modernism and Theory boldly asks what – if any – role theory has to play in the new modernist studies. Separated into three sections, each with a clear introduction, this collection of new essays from leading critics outlines ongoing debates on the nature of modernist culture.

This collection

  • examines aesthetic and methodological links between modernist literature and theory.
  • addresses questions of the importance of theory to our understanding of ‘modernism’ and modernism as a literary category.
  • considers intersections of modernism and theory within ethics, ecocriticism and the avant-garde.

Concluding with an afterword from Fredric Jameson, the book makes use of an innovative dialogic format, offering a direct and engaging experience of the current debate in modernist studies.

Contributors include: Charles F. Altieri, C.D. Blanton, Ian Buchanan, Pamela Caughie, Melba Cuddy-Keane, Thomas S. Davis, Oleg Gelikman, Jane Goldman, Ben Highmore, Fredric Jameson, Martin Jay, Bonnie Kime Scott, Neil Levi, Anneleen Masschelein, Scott McCracken, Andrew John Miller, Stephen Ross, Roger Rothman, Morag Shiach, Susan Stanford Friedman, Allan Stoekl, Hilary Thompson and Glenn Willmott.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Missing Link - Stephen Ross  Part One – The Modernism of Theory: Concrete Connections  Rip the Veil of the Old Vision Across, and  Walk Through the Rent: Thinking Through  Affect in D. H. Lawrence and Deleuze and Guattari - Anneleen Masschelein  Deleuze and His Sources - Ian Buchanan  Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Two Sublimes of Surrealism - Roger Rothman  The Two Sublimes, Fourth Time Around - Allan Stoekl  What true project has been lost?’ Modern Art and Henri Lefebvre’s Critique of Everyday Life - Thomas S. Davis  Disdained Everyday Fields (A Response to T. Davis) - Ben Highmore  Time and Its Countermeasures: Modern Messianisms in Woolf, Benjamin, and Agamben - Hilary Thompson  Time’s Exception: A Response to Hilary Thompson - Pamela Caughie  Part Two – The Theory of Modernism: Abstract Affiliations  Late Modernist Form in the Postmodern Period - Neil Levi  In the Time of Theory, The Timeliness of Modernism - Glenn Willmott  Invisible Times: Modernism as Ruptural Unity - C. D. Blanton  ‘More than a hint of desperation’: Modernism, Theory and Rupture - Morag Shiach  The Friendliness of Fate: Modernism and the Re-Orientation of Aesthetics - Oleg Gelikman  What’s New? On Gelikman on Adorno and the Modernist Aesthetics of Novelty - Martin Jay  Fables of Progression: Modernism, Modernity, Narrative - Andrew John Miller  Modernism and the Moment of Defeat: A Response to Miller - Scott McCracken  Part Three – Forum  Aesthetics - Charles Altieri  Ethics - Melba Cuddy-Keane  Green - Bonnie Kime Scott  Theory - Susan Stanford Friedman  Branding - Jennifer Wicke  Avant-garde - Jane Goldman  Afterword - Fredric Jameson

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