Literary Modernism and Beyond: The Extended Vision and the Realms of the Text

Literary Modernism and Beyond: The Extended Vision and the Realms of the Text

Richard Lehan


Early modernists grew to become to theories of realization and aestheticism to strive against what they observed because the hostility of naturalism and to discover new methods of pondering fact. This awareness took a variety of varieties, together with a Jamesian experience of ethical ambiguity, Proustian time spots, and B ergsonian instinct, however the Nietzschean conception that fact will depend on belief hooked up all of them. This modernist move reached a unusual point of accomplishment with novelists Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, and James Joyce, yet a succession of counterinfluences remodeled it after global battle II, whilst elitism and a hope for a homogeneous tradition gave option to range and components of mass tradition. In Literary Modernism and past, Richard Lehan tracks the evolution of the flow from its emergence within the overdue 19th century to its fresh incarnations.

In this wide-ranging examine, Lehan demonstrates how and why the "originary imaginative and prescient" of modernism replaced noticeably after it won prominence. With serious discussions on a large choice of significant modernist writers, intellectuals, and artists and their works -- together with Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Andre Gide, Franz Kafka, Zora Neale Hurston, Ian Fleming, and J. okay. Rowling -- Lehan examines the large-scale adjustments that got here as severe authority moved from one new release to a different. either pop culture and literary feedback -- in particular "critical conception" -- acted as key brokers of swap, and structuralism, poststructuralism, and matters with gender and race additionally vastly prompted the flow. besides a technique of decline and a nihilism that emerged from the modernist stream, those adjustments created a brand new literary fact and with it a brand new textuality.

Literary Modernism and past treats modernism's significant thoughts of fantasy, image, and constitution no longer as person items yet as interrelated contributions to a ancient approach, the manufactured from 3 generations of changes. Lehan's research offers a extra whole knowing than ever sooner than of the stream itself.

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