1922: Literature, Culture, Politics examines key aspects of culture and history in 1922, a year made famous by the publication of several modernist masterpieces, such as T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and James Joyce's Ulysses. Individual chapters written by leading scholars offer new contexts for the year's significant works of art, philosophy, politics, and literature. 1922 also analyzes both the political and intellectual forces that shaped the cultural interactions of that privileged moment. Although this volume takes post-World War I Europe as its chief focus, American artists and authors also receive thoughtful consideration. In its multiplicity of views, 1922 challenges misconceptions about the 'Lost Generation' of cultural pilgrims who flocked to Paris and Berlin in the 1920s, thus stressing the wider influence of that momentous year.
Jean-Michel Rabate, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania since 1992, is a curator of Slought Foundation, a Philadelphia gallery that he co-founded. He is also an editor of the Journal of Modern Literature and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has authored or edited more than thirty books on modernism, psychoanalysis and philosophy. Recent books include Crimes of the Future and The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and Psychoanalysis (Cambridge, 2014). Forthcoming is The Value of Samuel Beckett.
1. Uncanny semblables and serendipitous publications: T. S. Eliot's The Criterion and The Waste Land and James Joyce's Ulysses Gabrielle McIntire; 2. Rilke's Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus Judith Ryan; 3. Odd encounters: from Marcel Proust's Sodome et Gomorrhe to Albert Cohen's 'Projections ou Apres-Minuit a Geneve' Andre Benhaim; 4. Castle logic: hints in Kafka's novel Paul North; 5. In or about 1922: Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, and modern fiction Angeliki Spiropoulou; 6. Anglophones in Paris: Gertrude Stein and the aesthetics of collaboration Genevieve Abravanel; 7. Circa 1922: art, technology, and the activated beholder Christine Poggi; 8. Dada, futurism, and Raymond Roussel Jonathan P. Eburne; 9. The beginning and the end: the formalist paradigm in literary study Alastair Renfrew; 10. Hispanic watershed: 1922 in Latin America Michelle Clayton; 11. Restoration dramas: Hofmannsthal's The Great World Theater of Salzburg and Cocteau's Antigone Matt Wilson Smith; 12. Postwar new feminisms: May Sinclair and Colette Elizabeth A. Mosimann; 13. Duree et simultaneite and Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: time and logic in 1922 Gregg Lambert; 14. Marxism in revolution: Georg Lukacs's History and Class Consciousness and Karl Korsch's Marxism and Philosophy Adam Takaacs; 15. Principles of Relativity: Whitehead v. Russell Steven Meyer; 16. Modernist political theologies: Carl Schmitt's Political Theology (1922) and Walter Benjamin's 'Critique of Violence' (1921) Tracy McNulty; 17. Frazer's The Golden Bough and Malinowski's Argonauts of the Western Pacific: anthropology in 1922 Marc Manganaro.