Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
256 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.56 in
- Published: September 1992
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 modernitySpace: Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox FordSpace: D.H. LawrenceSpace: Dorothy Richardson and May SinclairSpace: James JoyceSpace: Virginia WoolfSpace: Background and ContextTime: Striking clocks and new chronologiesTime: The time philosophyTime: Mean timeTime: Fragment or flowTime: Cracks and chasms: Time and the Western FrontArt: Art and the novelArt: The value of modernismArt: Modernism and postmodernismValue: The end of modernismValue: The evasions of modernismValue: 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