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Modernism and Cultural Conflict, 1880-1922

ISBN-10: 0521812062

ISBN-13: 9780521812061

Edition: 2002

Authors: Ann L. Ardis

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In Modernism and Cultural Conflict, Ann Ardis questions commonly held views of the radical nature of literary modernism. She positions the coterie of writers centered around Pound, Eliot, and Joyce as one among a number of groups in Britain intent on redefining the cultural work of literature at the turn of the twentieth century. Ardis emphasizes the ways in which modernists secured their cultural centrality, she documents their support of mainstream attitudes toward science, their retreat from a supposed valuing of scandalous sexuality in the wake of Oscar Wildes trials in 1895, and the conservative cultural and sexual politics masked by their radical formalist poetics. She recovers key instances of opposition to modernist self-fashioning in British socialism and feminism of the period. Ardis goes on to consider how literary modernisms rise to aesthetic prominence paved the way for the institutionalization of English studies through the devaluation of other aesthetic practices.
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Book details

List price: $109.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction: rethinking modernism, remapping the turn of the twentieth century
Beatrice Webb and the 'serious' artist
Inventing literary tradition, ghosting Oscar Wilde and the Victorian fin de siÿcle
The Lost Girl, Tarr, and the 'moment' of modernism
Mapping the middlebrow in Edwardian England
'Life is not composed of watertight compartments': the New Age's critique of modernist literary specialization
Conclusion: modernism and English studies in history
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