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Christos Hadjiyiannis. Conservative Modernists: Literature and Tory Politics in Britain, 1900–1920.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

 

 

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Despite sustained scholarly interest in the politics of modernism, astonishingly little attention has been paid to its relationship to Conservatism. Yet modernist writing was imbricated with Tory rhetoric and ideology from when it emerged in the Edwardian era. By investigating the many intersections between Anglophone modernism and Tory politics, Conservative Modernists offers new ways to read major figures such as T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, T. E. Hulme, and Ford Madox Ford. It also highlights the contribution to modernism of lesser-known writers, including Edward Storer, J. M. Kennedy, and A. M. Ludovici. These are the figures to whom it most frequently returns, but, cutting through disciplinary delineations, the book simultaneously reveals the inputs to modernism of a broad range of political writers, philosophers, art historians, and crowd psychologists: from Pascal, Burke, and Disraeli, to Nietzsche, Le Bon, Wallas, Worringer, Ribot, Bergson, and Scheler.  Read more at Cambridge.org.

 

 

CONTENTS

 

Acknowledgements viii 

 

Introduction: Modernists against Modernity x 

Conservative Party Crisis: Tory Propaganda, Imagist Poetics 1 

Bringing Poetry and Politics Back to Earth: Tory           
Ideology and Classical Modernism 31 

The Writer as Conservative Statesman:   
Modernist Theories of Inspiration 65 

Against Representation: Conservatism and Abstract Art 98 

War, Duty, Sacrifice: Anti-pacifism and Objective Ethics 124 

Afterword: Afterlives 165 

Note on Texts Used 171

 

Notes 172
Index 227