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Modernism : A Short Introduction - David Ayers


A Short Introduction


Published: 6th August 2004
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This short introduction to modernism analyses the movement from the perspective of English and American literature. It provides a critical overview of some of the central texts of literary modernism, considering both established works and those that have only recently come to critical attention. Author David Ayers shows that, however diverse modernist texts are, they are linked by concerns about social modernization and the role of art and the artist. He also demonstrates that German Marxism and French deconstruction have been crucial in realizing the full complexity of modernism. Ayers's arguments are illustrated with reference to the works of T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, Wallace Stevens, H. D., Nancy Cunard, Wyndham Lewis and Mina Loy, among others.

'David Ayers provides the reader with a series of interlacingreadings - all of them original and provocative - ofsome major texts of Anglo-American modernism. Ayers's centraltheme is the relation of the linguistic to the social in all itscomplex "modernist" manifestations. The theories ofBenjamin and Adorno, as well as of Derrida, provide an importantbase for understanding the great poetries and fictions of theperiod. But Modernism is first and foremost a book of closeand acute readings of specific poems and novels - a book atonce richly textured and yet also enjoyable to read.'

Marjorie Perloff



1. H. D., Ezra Pound and Imagism.

2. T. S. Eliot and Modernist Reading.

3 .?The Waste Land?, Nancy Cunard and Mina Loy.

4. Wallace Stevens and Romantic Legacy.

5. Wyndham Lewis: Genius and Art.

6. James Joyce: Ulysses and Love.

7. D. H. Lawrence: Jazz and Life.

8. Virginia Woolf: Art and Class.

9. The Modernity of Adorno and Benjamin.

10. The Poststructuralist Inflection.




ISBN: 9781405108539
ISBN-10: 1405108533
Series: Blackwell Introductions to Literature
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 153
Published: 6th August 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 16.36  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1