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Sean Latham and Gayle Rogers

Modernism: Evolution of an idea.

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London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

 

What exactly is “modernism”? And how and why has its definition changed over time?

 

Modernism: Evolution of an Idea traces the development of the term “modernism” from cultural debates in the early twentieth century to the dynamic contemporary field of modernist studies. Rather than assuming and recounting the contributions of modernism's chief literary and artistic figures, this book focuses on critical formulations and reception through topics such as:

 

With a glossary of key terms and movements and a capacious critical bibliography, this is an essential survey for students and scholars working in modernist studies at all levels.

 

CONTENTS

Introduction: Is There a There There?

1 The Emergence of Modernism

2. Consollidation

3. Iron Fillings

4. Networks

Glossary

Critical Bibliographies for the New Modernist Studies

Works Cited

Index

 

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Leah Culligan Flack

Modernism and Homer: The Odysseys of H.D., James Joyce, Osip Mandelstam, and Ezra Pound

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Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015.

 

This comparative study crosses multiple cultures, traditions, genres, and languages in order to explore the particular importance of Homer in the emergence, development, and promotion of modernist writing. It shows how and why the Homeric epics served both modernist formal experimentation, including Pound's poetics of the fragment and Joyce's sprawling epic novel, and sociopolitical critiques, including H.D.'s analyses of the cultural origins of twentieth-century wars and Mandelstam's poetic defiance of the totalitarian Stalinist regime. The book counters a long critical tradition that has recruited Homer to consolidate, champion and, more recently, chastise an elitist, masculine modernist canon. Departing from the tradition of reading these texts in isolation as mythic engagements with the Homeric epics, Leah Flack argues that ongoing dialogues with Homer helped these writers to mount their distinct visions of a cosmopolitan post-war culture that would include them as artists working on the margins of the Western literary tradition.

 

CONTENTS

Introduction: making Homer new

Part I. High Modernism and Homer:

1. 'To have gathered from the air a live tradition': Pound, Homer, modernism

2. 'The reading of Homer was transformed into a fabulous event': Mandelstam's modernist Odyssey

3. 'Damn Homer, Ulysses, Bloom, and all the rest': 'Cyclops', disorder, and Joyce's monster audiences

 

Part II. Late Modernism and Homer:

4. 'ACTUALITY gets in front of Olympus': Pound's late visions and revisions of Homer

5. 'What song is left to sing? All song is sung': H. D., Homer, modernism

Conclusion

Appendix: Russian text of Mandelstam's poems.

 

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Andrew Gross

The Pound Reaction Liberalism and Lyricism in Midcentury American Literature
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Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2015

 

 

Ezra Pound was confined in a mental institution and facing treason charges when he won the first Bollingen Prize in 1949. Pound’s defenders claimed that the prize proved artistic freedom to be alive and well in the United States. Only totalitarian regimes forced artists to tow the party line. The Pound Reaction explores how a number of writers responded to this free speech defense of Pound’s poetry.

Those discussed include Bollingen committee member Karl Shapiro, who believed that his vote against Pound ruined his career; W. H. Auden, who voted for Pound but suggested his work should be suppressed; Peter Viereck, the poet and conservative thinker whose father was a convicted Nazi propagandist; John Berryman, who struggled with the legacy of Pound’s anti-Semitism throughout his career; and Katherine Anne Porter, who voted to honor Pound’s poetry but thought the poet should stand trial (he never did). Other writers discussed include Lowell, Bishop, Plath, Ginsberg, and Leslie Fiedler.

 

CONTENTS

Preface ix

Introduction    1

I. Lyrical Freedom and Institutional Confinement: Following in Pound’s Footsteps   43

II. Liberalism and Lyricism, or Karl Shapiro’s Elegy for Identity         67

Trial of a Poet        69

Individualism and Identity       73

Identity as Confession         79

Shapiro’s Elegy for Identity     83

III  Individualism, Auden’s Anxiety, and the Liberal Unconscious       95

An Age Takes a Name        96

Auden’s Anxiety           104

Pound beyond the Pale     120

IV  “When conservatism was still a dirty word ...”:    
Modernism, New Conservatism, and Peter Viereck’s “Poetry of Ideas”          127

The Pound Reaction and the Liberal Aesthetic        136

Conservatism and Literature: Viereck contra Pound   139

Remembering Viereck: “When conservatism was still a dirty word”   154

Forget Viereck             163

V  “Pull Down Vanity”: Porter, Fiedler, and the Pornographic Imagination  
(A Prosaic Interlude)   165

Porter: The Passionate Limits of Individualism           173

Love and Death at Midcentury                        189

VI Imaginary Jews and True Confessions: Ethnicity, Lyricism, and John Berryman’s The Dream Songs  201

“The Imaginary Jew” and the Mirror of Anti-Semitism           205

Genocide, Poetry, and the Doctrine of Impersonality             209

The Dream Songs, Impersonation, and Palatable Monstrosity    214

Imaginary Jews, True Confessions, and Ethnicity                    219

Epilogue          227

Bibliography    233

Index               251

 

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Anthony Padgett

War of the Poets

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Adp Publishing, 2015.

 

 Herein are some of the most entertaining and key literary wars waged between Britain's Poets in the Georgian, Bloomsbury and Modernist groups between 1919 and 1939. Its sources are fragments of a broken landscape of letters and biographies of T. S. Eliot, Lewis, Sassoon, Auden, Sitwell, Campbell, Day-Lewis, Spender, Owen, Graves, West, Sackville-West, Wolfe, Woolfe, Coward, Moore, Gollancz, Frankau, Hardy, Gawsworth, T. E. Lawrence, Joyce, Cunard, Tennant.

 

CONTENTS

Introduction

Note on Sources

1.    Blast Before the War (1914)

2.    War (1914-1918)

3.    Wheels (1915-1921)

4.    Sassoon “Cuts” Osbert (1922)

5.    The Portrait of Edith (1922)

6.    Ulysses and The Waste Land (1923)

7.    The Façade (1923-1925)

8.    The Apes of God (1923)

9.    “The Jawbone” (1924)

10.   Cunard Fall & Bloomsbury Rise

11.   Best-Selling Poet (1927)

12.   Hardy’s Funeral (1928)

13.   Auden and Spender’s Picnic (1929)

14.   Bloomsbury Tea (1929-1931)

15.   Portrait, Holst & Wolfe (1927-1930)

16.   The Georgiad (1931)

17.   Pinchbeck Lyre (1931)

18.   Fascist or Communist? (1932-1936)

19.   The Addict (1930-1935)

20.   Lawrence of Arabia (1919-1935)

21.   Hitler – Truffle eater  (1933-1936)

22.   The Left Book Club (1936-1938)

23.   The War of the Poets (1936-1938)

24.   Outbreak of War (1939)

Bibliography

Characters + Chapters

 

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