York Notes Companions: Modernist Literature

Best.Nr.
978-1-408-20476-4
Reihe
York Notes
Verlag
Longman
Produkttyp
Buch
Umfang
352 Seiten
Erschienen am
15.06.2010
Sprache
Englisch

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Abstract

The period 1890 to 1950 is remarkable for radical innovation and literary development. This volume looks back to the origins of Modernism and the traditions that shaped it, examining texts from France, America, England and Ireland to provide a stimulating and original take on this unique movement in literary history. Combining textual analysis with key critical approaches, the book considers central texts such as Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Lawrence’s Women in Love alongside wider debates on “Literature and War”, “Modernism, Music and the Visual Arts” and “Modernism and its Critics”.

Description

The period 1890 to 1950 is remarkable for radical innovation and literary development. This volume looks back to the origins of Modernism and the traditions that shaped it, examining texts from France, America, England and Ireland to provide a stimulating and original take on this unique movement in literary history. Combining textual analysis with key critical approaches, the book considers central texts such as Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce’s The Portrait of the Artist and Lawrence’s Women in Love alongside wider debates on “Literature and War”, “Modernism, Music and the Visual Arts” and “Modernism and its Critics”.

Backcover

The York Notes Companion to Modernism traces the literary development of a period remarkable for its radical artistic innovation. Looking back to the origins of Modernism and the traditions that shaped it, the Companion examines Modernist masterpieces such as The Waste Land and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man alongside lesser known works of the period, offering detailed commentaries on texts as well as guiding students through key literary theories and debates. Connecting texts with their historical and scholarly contexts, this is essential reading for any student of Modernism. 

 

Each York Notes Companion provides:

  • Analysis  of key texts and debates  
  • Extended  commentaries for further in-depth analysis of individual texts  
  • Exploration  of historical, social and cultural contexts
  • Annotations clarifying literary terms and events in history
  • Modern  theoretical perspectives in practice  
  • Timelines  and annotated further reading

 

Gary Day is Principal Lecturer and MA Course leader at the University of De Montfort.

 

Table Of Contents

Part One: Introduction

 

Part Two: A Cultural Overview

 

Part Three: Texts, Writers and Contexts

 

  • Modernist poetry –  French Origins, English Settings: Baudelaire, Mallarmé and the Georgians

o       Extended commentary: Imagism

 

  • Modernist poetry – America, Ireland and England: Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Yeats and Eliot

o       Extended commentary: T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)

 

·        The Modernist novel and tradition: Flaubert, Mann, Kafka and Joyce

    • Extended commentary: Joyce, The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)

·        The Modernist novel II: Saki, Woolf and Lawrence

    • Extended commentary: Lawrence, Women in Love (1920)

 

  • The Modernist play I – Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello and Beckett

    •  Extended commentary: Beckett,Endgame (1957)

 

  • The Modernist play II – Conrad, Brecht and Artaud

o       Extended commentary: Brecht, Baal (1923)

 

Part Four:  Critical theories and Debates

 

Literature and War

 

Modernist Print Culture

 

Modernism, Music the Visual Arts

 

Modernism and its Critics

 

 

Part Five: Resources

 

Timeline

 

Further reading

 

Index

Key Features

  • Analysis of key texts and debates
  • Extended commentaries provide further in-depth analysis of individual texts
  • Notes contain extra context and explanations of literary terms
  • Historical, social and cultural contexts explored in introductory chapters and alongside discussions
  • Modern critical theory and perspectives in practice
  • Timelines and annotated further reading

Author's biography

Dr Gary Day is Principal Lecturer and English Course leader for the MA in Independent Study at the University of De Montfort. He has a wide range of literary interests, including modern literature and drama, and the history of criticism. He is also widely published, with his most recent work, Literary Criticism: A New History (Edinburgh University Press, 2008), described as ‘exuberantly readable … a book that will appeal to students and scholars alike’. He is also the author of Class (Routledge 2001) described by Terry Eagleton as ‘a signal achievement’. In addition to being the author of several other books and of many chapters, essays and articles he has also edited Palgrave’s New Casebook on The Rainbow and Women in Love (Macmillan, 2004), British Poetry 1990–1950 (Macmillan, 1995), and Literature and Culture in Modern Britain Volumes 2 and 3 (Longman, 1997, 1999). He is a reviewer for, amongst others, THES, the Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies and the TLS. Gary Day is joint editor with Jack Lynch of the Wiley Encyclopedia of Eighteenth Century Literature.