Modernisms: A Literary Guide

Modernisms A Literary Guide The recent enthusiasm for things postmodern has often produced a caricature of Modernism as monolithic and reactionary Peter Nicholls argues instead that the distinctive feature of Modernism is its di

  • Title: Modernisms: A Literary Guide
  • Author: Peter Nicholls
  • ISBN: 9780520201033
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • The recent enthusiasm for things postmodern has often produced a caricature of Modernism as monolithic and reactionary Peter Nicholls argues instead that the distinctive feature of Modernism is its diversity Through a lively analysis of each of Modernism s main literary movements, he explores the connections between the new stylistic developments and the shifting politicThe recent enthusiasm for things postmodern has often produced a caricature of Modernism as monolithic and reactionary Peter Nicholls argues instead that the distinctive feature of Modernism is its diversity Through a lively analysis of each of Modernism s main literary movements, he explores the connections between the new stylistic developments and the shifting politics of gender and authority.Nicholls introduces a wealth of literary experimentation, beginning with Baudelaire and Mallarm and moving forward to the first avant gardes Close readings of key texts monitor the explosive histories of Futurism, Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, histories that allow Anglo American Modernism to be seen in a strikingly different light In revealing Modernism s broad and varied terrain, Nicholls evokes the richness of a cultural moment that continues to shape our own.

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    1. Detailed, interdisciplinary account of the 'high modernist' period in Europe, conceived as a proliferation of mutually distinct avant-garde movements reacting in various ways to the conditions and crises of modernity: Symbolism and decadence in France, Futurism in Italy, Expressionism in Germany, the 'men of 1914' in England, on to Dada and Surrealism. Useful for evoking the sheer density and diversity of artistic and theoretical practise during the period, and the complex interactions of aesthe [...]

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