To many writers of the early twentieth century, modernism meant not only the reshaping or abandonment of tradition but also an interest in psychology and in new concepts of space, time, art, and language. Randall Stevenson's important new analysis of the genre presents a lucid, comprehensive introduction to modernist fiction, covering a wide range of writers and works.
Drawing on narrative theory and cultural history, Stevenson offers fresh insights into the work of such important modernists as Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, D.H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce. In addition he discusses the work of Marcel Proust, an important figure in the development of modernism in Europe.
This illuminating book places the new imagination of the modernist age in its historical context and looks at how and why the pressures of early twentieth century life led to the development of this distinctive and influential literary form. This accessible account of modernism, modernity, and the novel will be welcomed by students, scholars, and general readers alike.
Modernism and modernity
Space: Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford
Space: D.H. Lawrence
Space: Dorothy Richardson and May Sinclair
Space: James Joyce
Space: Virginia Woolf
Space: Background and Context
Time: Striking clocks and new chronologies
Time: The time philosophy
Time: Mean time
Time: Fragment or flow
Time: Cracks and chasms: Time and the Western Front
Art: Art and the novel
Art: The value of modernism
Art: Modernism and postmodernism
Value: The end of modernism
Value: The evasions of modernism
Value: The value of modernism
A welcome surprise comes in his stirrings into his heady brew of ideas and narrative techniques of the underappreciated Christopher Isherwood and Lewis Grassic Gibbon.~Saint Louis Post Dispatch
Usefully reveals and illuminates many of the complexities and triumphs of modernist fiction.~D.H. Lawrence Review