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The Cambridge Companion to Modernism by Michael Levenson



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This should, perhaps, be more aptly titled "The Cambridge Companion to Apologizing for Modernism," since nearly all of the essays disparage modernism either in comparison with the artistic movements of romanticism and victorianism that preceded it or with postmodernism, which succeeded it. Oddly, the only contributors who unreservedly celebrate the modernist period are Michael Wood and Christopher Innes writing, respectively, about film and the drama, two genres that are not always associated with the label "modernism." But I guess nobody gets published today by expressing opinions that people held yesterday. That's what makes us modern. ( )
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In this Companion, eminent British and American scholars offer a guide to the revolutionary cultural transformations of the first decades of the twentieth century. Chapters on the major literary genres, on intellectual, political and institutional contexts, and on film and the visual arts, provide close analyses and a broader set of interpretive narratives. A Chronology and Guide to Further Reading supply valuable orientation within the field. Students will find much-needed help with the difficulties of approaching Modernism, while the essays' original contributions will send scholars back to this volume for stimulating reevaluation.

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"This Companion has long been a standard introduction to the field. Now fully updated and enhanced with four new chapters, it addresses the key themes being researched, taught and studied in modernism today. Its interdisciplinary approach is central to its success as it brings together readings of the many varieties of modernism. Chapters address the major literary genres, the intellectual, religious and political contexts, and parallel developments in film, painting and music. The catastrophe of the First World War, the emergence of feminism, the race for empire, the conflict among classes: the essays show how these events and circumstances shaped aesthetic and literary experiments. In doing so, they explain clearly both the precise formal innovations in language, image, scene and tone, and the broad historical conditions of a movement that aspired to transform culture"--… (more)

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