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A Genealogy of Modernism : A Study of English Literary Doctrine 1908-1922 - Michael Levenson

A Genealogy of Modernism

A Study of English Literary Doctrine 1908-1922

Paperback Published: 15th September 1986
ISBN: 9780521338004
Number Of Pages: 268

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A Geneology of Modernism is a study of literary transition in the first two decades of the twentieth-century, a period of extraordinary ferment and great accomplishment, during which the avant-garde gradually consolidated a secure place within English culture. Michael Levenson analyses that complex process by following the successive phases of a literary movement - Impressionist, Imagist, Vorticist, Classicist - as it attempted to formulate the principles on which a new aesthetic might be founded. The emphasis here falls on the ideology of modernism, but throughout the book the ideological question is tied on the one hand to specific literary works and on the other to general movements in philosophy and the fine arts. The major figures under discussion, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, and T. S. Elliot, are placed in relation to thinkers who have been largely neglected in the history of modernism: Max Stirner, Wilhelm Worringer, Pierre Lasserre, Allen Upward, and Hilaire Belloc. Levenson thus situates the emergence of a modernist aesthetic within the context of literary theory, literary practice, and cultural history.

'Without such exact studies of a limited terrain the larger map of modernism can never be drawn.' A. Walton Litz, The Times Literary Supplement

Progenitors
Consciousness: The modernist narrator on the Victorian sailing ship: Arnold, Huxley, Pater: toward a small world and a large self
Authority: Arnold and Babbitt: the best self and the new humanism: Conrad: physis and psyche
Provocation, 1908-1914
Dating Hulme/parsing modernism
Ford: the passing of great figures: The Victorian sage in retirement: Little moderns
Egoists and imagists: The Ego and His Own: Pound/Upward: Poets rampant
Hulme: the progress of reaction: The classical phase: Husserl, Frege, Moore: The making of an anti-humanist
Symbol, impression, image, vortex: The problem with Imagism: Impressionism and the prose tradition: In search of a primary pigment
Conclusion
The war among the moderns: The avant-garde in retreat: Pound and Eliot, a counter-current
The Waste Land: Speakers and ghosts: The theory of points of view: The painful task of unifying: Myth, tradition, classicism
Epilogue. The editor and the loathed disturber
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ISBN: 9780521338004
ISBN-10: 052133800X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 15th September 1986
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.17 x 13.69  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.35