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  • 10 b/w illus. 2 tables
  • Page extent: 298 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.616 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 809/.911
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PN56.M54 L49 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Modernism (Literature)
    • Literature, Modern--20th century--History and criticism
    • Literature, Modern--19th century--History and criticism

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521828093)

More than a century after its beginnings, modernism still has the power to shock, alienate or challenge readers. Modernist art and literature remain thought of as complex and difficult. This introduction explains in a readable, lively style how modernism emerged, how it is defined, and how it developed in different forms and genres. Pericles Lewis offers students a survey of literature and art in England, Ireland and Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. He also provides an overview of critical thought on modernism and its continuing influence on the arts today, reflecting the interests of current scholarship in the social and cultural contexts of modernism. The comparative perspective on Anglo-American and European modernism shows how European movements have influenced the development of English-language modernism. Illustrated with works of art and featuring suggestions for further study, this is the ideal introduction to understanding and enjoying modernist literature and art.

• An overview of modernism and its most important authors and texts • Accessibly written, assumes no prior knowledge and covers everything a student needs to know • Includes further reading suggestions to help students find their way in the field


Preface; Introduction; Part I. Origins: 1. Trials of modernity; 2. Primitivists and modernizers; 3. The avant-garde and High modernism; Part II. Genres: 4. Poetry; 5. Prose fiction; 6. Drama; Part III. Fate: 7. Literature and politics; Conclusion: after modernism?; Chronology.

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