Modernism and Its Margins

Modernism and Its Margins

Reinscribing Cultural Modernity from Spain and Latin America Anthony Geist, Jose B. Monle-n. When we originally commissioned the essays that have come to form Modernism and Its Margins, we had no clear sense of what shape it would take.

Author: Anthony Geist

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317944393

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Literary Criticism

On the Margins of Modernism

On the Margins of Modernism

Figure 5 records only those formations of marginality that have been operative within the changing conditions of modern Hebrew literary history and that can be defined as marginal against the background of what has served internally as ...

Author: Chana Kronfeld

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520914139

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 275

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Modernism valorizes the marginal, the exile, the "other"—yet we tend to use writing from the most commonly read European languages (English, French, German) as examples of this marginality. Chana Kronfeld counters these dominant models of marginality by looking instead at modernist poetry written in two decentered languages, Hebrew and Yiddish. What results is a bold new model of literary dynamics, one less tied to canonical norms, less limited geographically, and less in danger of universalizing the experience of minority writers. Kronfeld examines the interpenetrations of modernist groupings through examples of Hebrew and Yiddish poetry in Europe, the U.S., and Israel. Her discussions of Amichai, Fogel, Raab, Halpern, Markish, Hofshteyn, and Sutskever will be welcomed by students of modernism in general and Hebrew and Yiddish literatures in particular.
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Modernism from the Margins

Modernism from the Margins

(discussed in the Conclusion to this book). However, even when not testing limits, Thomas is utterly Modernist in his insistence on the materiality and autonomy of language. As J. Hillis Miller points out, for Thomas 'words were not ...

Author: Chris Wigginton

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786837257

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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“Modernism from the Margins” is an accessible and challenging account of the 1930s writing of two of the most popular authors of the time. Locating the work of Louis MacNeice and Dylan Thomas historically, the book questions standard accounts of the period as Auden-dominated and offers an inclusive and theoretical account of the engagement of both writers with the varieties of Modernism. It is the first reading at length of either MacNeice’s or Thomas’s work in the light of literary theory, and one of only a handful of texts to look at the writing of the 1930s in these terms.This book is an important contribution to contemporary discussions of both of these writers, and of the general issues of modernism, postmodernism, literary identity, and cultural identity it raises.
Categories: Literary Criticism

On the Margins of Modernism

On the Margins of Modernism

The Ming novel The Water Margin operates within a fictional universe of heroism and martial virtues which remains well known to Chinese readers and is perpetuated in countless popular novels of knight-errantry and martial arts (wuxia ...

Author: Christopher Rosenmeier

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748696376

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

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Introduces popular 1940s Chinese authors and explores their influence on Chinese literature Xu Xu and Wumingshi were among the most widely read authors in China during and after the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), but although they were an integral part of the Chinese literary scene their bestselling fiction has been given scant attention in histories of Chinese writing. This groundbreaking book, the first book-lenghth study of Xu Xu and Wumingshi in English or any other western language, re-establishes their importance within the popular Chinese literature of the 1940s. With in-depth analyses of their innovative short stories and novels, Christopher Rosenmeier demonstrates how these important writers incorporated and adapted narrative techniques from Shanghai modernist writers like Shi Zhecun and Mu Shiying, contesting the view that modernism had little lasting impact in China and firmly positioning these two figures within the literature of their times.Fills a gap in Chinese literary historyFocuses on two of the most popular Chinese authors of the 1940sDevelops a wider argument about the influence of Shanghai modernism on Chinese wartime literature
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EccentriCities Writing in the margins of Modernism

EccentriCities  Writing in the margins of Modernism

This may be exemplified by the embodied representation of the city. The modern concentric city may be imagined as marred by dismemberment or decay, marked by decadence and disintegration; but its authority depends on age and creativity ...

Author: Sharon Lubkemann Allen

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526102751

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

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An innovative, interdisciplinary, incisive scholarly study remapping and redefining domains and dynamics of modernism, EccentriCities: Writing in the margins of modernism critically considers how geo-historically distant and disparate urban sites, concentrating Russian and Luso-Brazilian cultural dialogue and definition, give rise to peculiarly parallel anachronistic and alternative fictional forms. While comparatively reframing these literary traditions through an extensive survey of Russian and Brazilian literature, cartography, urban design and development, foregrounding innovative close readings of works by Gogol, Dostoevsky, Bely, Almeida, Machado de Assis, Lima Barreto, Mário de Andrade, the book also redefines new constellations (eccentric, concentric, ex-centric) for understanding geo-cultural and generic dimensions of modernist and post-modern literature and theory.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Korean Modernism at the Margin

Korean Modernism at the Margin

In the fourth chapter, I trace the modernist impulses in the work of a contemporary Korean director, Park Chan-wook.

Author: Hyun Seon Park

Publisher:

ISBN: 0542475278

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Page: 214

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My dissertation engages the socio-political trajectory of Korean modernism and addresses key moments of Korean modern history including the colonial period, the postwar era of urban modernization, and the contemporary era of global capitalism. Considering modernist texts as the problematic site where history, aesthetics, and politics juxtapose, the purpose of my project is to address the disruptive nature of the modern experience, especially concerning the affective, visual, and spatial fluctuation of modern subjectivity. Also, my study of modernism is an attempt to expand the critical boundaries of Korean modernism and introduce a critical language beyond the dichotomy between realism and modernism, which has contaminated literary and filmic discourses in Korea. My project examines four tropes of modernist aesthetics: the affect of self-reflexivity, corporeal allegories of violence, mournful landscapes and sublime aesthetics. Each chapter deals with specific problems and debates regarding the experience of modernity and illuminates how Korean modernism constructs and deconstructs the boundaries of the self, body, space, and affectivity in the radical rupture of modern history of Korea. In the first chapter, I investigate the affective mode of the colonial self-reflexivity through the comparative analysis of modernist writer Yi Sang's Mirror poems and the 1941 film, Spring of Korean Peninsula directed by Yi Pyo ng-il. In following two chapters, I read the early 1960s Korean film noir and the late 1960s modernist films adapted from literary work in order to speculate on the way Korean modernism fragments the total unity of institutionalized history often imposed by nationalist discourses. In the fourth chapter, I trace the modernist impulses in the work of a contemporary Korean director, Park Chan-wook. By focusing on Park's aesthetic inquiry for the mode of limit and exteriority in his recent film, Thirst, I argue that his work present the sublime of local culture to be touched, reached, and felt in the neoliberal world of global capitalism. Through these examinations of modern literature and films in Korea, I argue that Korean modernism articulates the politics of the margins, debunks the ahistorical and apolitical myth of `art for art's sake, ' and addresses the liminal experiences of living in the hiatus of modern temporality.
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Modernism and the Avant garde Body in Spain and Italy

Modernism and the Avant garde Body in Spain and Italy

Anthony L. Geist and José B. Monleón's volume Modernism and its Margins is one of several texts published in recent years that has provided much-needed insight into this topic, especially as it concerns why the marginalization of ...

Author: Nicolás Fernández-Medina

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317434078

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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This interdisciplinary volume interrogates bodily thinking in avant-garde texts from Spain and Italy during the early twentieth century and their relevance to larger modernist preoccupations with corporeality. It examines the innovative ways Spanish and Italian avant-gardists explored the body as a locus for various aesthetic and sociopolitical considerations and practices. In reimagining the nexus points where the embodied self and world intersect, the texts surveyed in this book not only shed light on issues such as authority, desire, fetishism, gender, patriarchy, politics, religion, sexuality, subjectivity, violence, and war during a period of unprecedented change, but also explore the complexities of aesthetic and epistemic rupture (and continuity) within Spanish and Italian modernisms. Building on contemporary scholarship in Modernist Studies and avant-garde criticism, this volume brings to light numerous cross-cultural touch points between Spain and Italy, and challenges the center/periphery frameworks of European cultural modernism. In linking disciplines, genres, —isms, and geographical spheres, the book provides new lenses through which to explore the narratives of modernist corporeality. Each contribution centers around the question of the body as it was actively being debated through the medium of poetic, literary, and artistic exchange, exploring the body in its materiality and form, in its sociopolitical representation, relation to Self, cultural formation, spatiality, desires, objectification, commercialization, and aesthetic functions. This comparative approach to Spanish and Italian avant-gardism offers readers an expanded view of the intersections of body and text, broadening the conversation in the larger fields of cultural modernism, European Avant-garde Studies, and Comparative Literature.
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Framing the Margins

Framing the Margins

Modernist Alienation / Postmodern Fragmentation The categories of social marginality that I treat here are the standard ones for contemporary cultural criticism , reflecting political disenfranchisement due to class status , gender ...

Author: Phillip Brian Harper

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195359596

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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This dramatic rereading of postmodernism seeks to broaden current theoretical conceptions of the movement as both a social-philosophical condition and a literary and cultural phenomenon. Phil Harper contends that the fragmentation considered to be characteristic of the postmodern age can in fact be traced to the status of marginalized groups in the United States since long before the contemporary era. This status is reflected in the work of American writers from the thirties through the fifties whom Harper addresses in this study, including Nathanael West, Anaïs Nin, Djuna Barnes, Ralph Ellison, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Treating groups that are disadvantaged or disempowered whether by circumstance of gender, race, or sexual orientation, the writers profiled here occupy the cusp between the modern and the postmodern; between the recognizably modernist aesthetic of alienation and the fragmented, disordered sensibility of postmodernism. Proceeding through close readings of these literary texts in relation to various mass-cultural productions, Harper examines the social placement of the texts in the scope of literary history while analyzing more minutely the interior effects of marginalization implied by the fictional characters enacting these narratives. In particular, he demonstrates how these works represent the experience of social marginality as highly fractured and fracturing, and indicates how such experience is implicated in the phenomenon of postmodernist fragmentation. Harper thus accomplishes the vital task of recentering cultural focus on issues and groups that are decentered by very definition, and thereby specifies the sociopolitical significance of postmodernism in a way that has not yet been done.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Sciences of Modernism

Sciences of Modernism

As its focus on texts and authors at the margins of canonical modernism implies, Sciences of Modernism's methodology is also distinctly “new modernist” in key ways. The establishment of cultural studies modernism or the so-called new ...

Author: Paul Peppis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107660083

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

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Sciences of Modernism examines key points of contact between British literature and the human sciences of ethnography, sexology and psychology at the dawn of the twentieth century. The book is divided into sections that pair exemplary scientific texts from the period with literary ones, charting numerous collaborations and competitions occurring between science and early modernist literature. Paul Peppis investigates this exchange through close readings of literary works by Claude McKay, E. M. Forster, Mina Loy, Rebecca West and Wilfred Owen, alongside science books by Alfred Haddon, Havelock Ellis, Marie Stopes, Bernard Hart and William Brown. In so doing, Peppis shows how these competing disciplines participated in the formation and consolidation of modernism as a broad cultural movement across a range of critical discourses. His study will interest students and scholars of the history of science, literary modernism, and English literature more broadly.
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Contemporary Fiction Celebrity Culture and the Market for Modernism

Contemporary Fiction  Celebrity Culture  and the Market for Modernism

the novel's prescience, we might say that its sensitivity to questions of borders and violence brings to the literary establishment the reverberations of a colonial ... Marketing Modernism from the Margins From “the conglomerate era” to.

Author: Carey Mickalites

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350248588

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Arguing that contemporary celebrity authors like Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie, Eimear McBride and Anna Burns position their work and public personae within a received modernist canon to claim and monetize its cultural capital in the lucrative market for literary fiction, this book also shows how the corporate conditions of marketing and branding have redefined older models of literary influence and innovation. It contributes to a growing body of criticism focused on contemporary literature as a field in which the formal and stylistic experimentation that came to define a canon of early 20th-century modernism has been renewed, contested, and revised. Other critics have celebrated these renewals, variously arguing that contemporary literature picks up on modernism's unfinished aesthetic revolutions in ways that have expanded the imaginative possibilities for fiction and revived questions of literary autonomy in the wake of postmodern nihilism. While this is a compelling thesis, and one that rightly questions an artificial and problematic periodization that still lingers in academic criticism, those approaches generally fail to address the material conditions that structure literary production and the generation of cultural capital, whether in the historical development of modernism or its contemporary permutations. This book addresses this absence by proposing a materialist history of modernism's afterlives.
Categories: Literary Criticism