A History of Modernist Literature offers a critical overview of modernism in England between the late 1890s and the late 1930s, focusing on the writers, texts, and movements that were especially significant in the development of modernism during these years.
A stimulating and coherent account of literary modernism in England which emphasizes the artistic achievements of particular figures and offers detailed readings of key works by the most significant modernist authors whose work transformed early twentieth-century English literary culture
Provides in-depth discussion of intellectual debates, the material conditions of literary production and dissemination, and the physical locations in which writers lived and worked
The first large-scale book to provide a systematic overview of modernism as it developed in England from the late 1890s through to the late 1930s
Andrzej Gasiorek is Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Postwar British Fiction: Realism and After (1995), Wyndham Lewis and Modernism (2003), and J. G. Ballard (2005) and the co-editor of T. E. Hulme and the Question of Modernism (2006), Ford Madox Ford: Literary Networks and Cultural Transformations (2008), The Oxford History of the Novel in English Vol. 4: The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940 (2010), The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (2010), and Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity (2011). He is also co-editor of the journal Modernist Cultures and editor of the Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies.
Preface ix Abbreviations xiv Introduction: Locating Modernism 1 1 Early Modernism 44 The New Woman 44 Literary Impressionism 54 Debating Imperialism 70 Early Modernist Drama 91 Edward Gordon Craig and W. B. Yeats 100 The Modern Metropolis 107 Ford Madox Ford and The English Review 118 2 One Big Bloodless Brawl : Modernist Literature, 1910 1914 136 Introduction 136 Exploring the Machine Age 141 Poetry and the Renovation of Language 157 Imagism 166 Ford, Flint, and Eliot 176 Dubliners 184 Suffragettes, Feminists, and Egoists 189 Blast and Vorticism 203 3 Modernism During Wartime 231 Introduction 231 Pacifism, Nationalism, and Community 234 Propaganda and Ideology 250 The Good Soldier 271 Portraits of the Male Artist 278 The Politics of Gender 292 4 A Haughty and Proud Generation : Modernist Literature, 1918 1930 332 Introduction 332 The Backwashes of War 342 Ulysses 363 The Waste Land 381 Remaking the Novel 395 A Future for the Avant ]Garde? 412 5 Modernism in the 1930s 432 Introduction 432 Modernity and Its Discontents 444 The Situation of Poetry 469 Modernism, Race, and Colonialism 479 The Festival Theatre and Group Theatre 492 Surrealism 504 Pound/Joyce 522 6 Coda: Modernism s Afterlives 554 Index 570