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Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde : Nation and Empire, 1901-1918 - Paul Peppis

Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde

Nation and Empire, 1901-1918

Hardcover Published: 20th July 2016
ISBN: 9780521662383
Number Of Pages: 248

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Accounts of the 'historical avant-garde' and of 'high modernism' often celebrate the former for its revolutionary aesthetics or denigrate the latter for its 'proto-fascist' politics. In Literature, Politics and the English Avant-Garde, Paul Peppis shows how neither interpretation explains the writings of avant-gardists in early twentieth-century England. Peppis reads texts by writers such as Ford Madox Ford, Wyndham Lewis, Dora Marsden, and Ezra Pound alongside English political discourse between the death of Victoria and the end of the Great War. He traces the impact of nation and empire on the avant-garde, arguing that Vorticism, England's foremost avant-garde movement, used nationalism to advance literature and avant-garde literature to advance empire. Peppis's study demonstrates that these ambitions were enabled by a period conception of nationality as an essence and construct. By recovering these neglected aspects of avant-garde politics, Peppis's book opens important new avenues for assessing modernist politics after the war.

Industry Reviews

"Peppis's reserach into the social and political culture of 1901-1918 enables him to place Lewis in an historical context that is consistently illuminating. [His] interpretation of Lewis's formative years is always stimulating and forcefully argued." Modernism/Modernity "Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde makes a respectable contribution to the literature on modernist politics." English Literature in Transition 2002

Conjuring new character: The English Review, Wyndham Lewis, and the reconstruction of Englishness
Narratives of ambition and anxiety: confronting Europe in The New Age
Advancing art and empire: futurism in England, Italy in Libya, and the founding of Vorticism
'Surrounded by a multitude of other Blasts': Vorticism and the Great War
Anti-Individualism and fictions of national character in Lewis's Tarr
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ISBN: 9780521662383
ISBN-10: 0521662389
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 20th July 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.54