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Mortality and Form in Late Modernist Literature

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  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107060012

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  • This wide-ranging study of the late poetry and prose of Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, and Wyndham Lewis brings together works from the 1930s and 1940s - writings composed by authors self-consciously entering middle to old age and living through years when civilization seemed intent on tearing itself to pieces for the second time in their adult lives. Profoundly revising their earlier work, these artists asked how their writing might prove significant in a time that Woolf described, in a diary entry from 1938, as '1914 but without even the illusion of 1914. All slipping consciously into a pit'. This late modern writing explores mortality, the frailties of culture, and the potential consolations and culpabilities of aesthetic form. Such writing is at times horrifying and objectionable and at others deeply moving, different from the earlier works which first won these writers their fame.

    • A particularly accessible book
    • Frames important questions about issues central to discussions of and debates about modernism
    • Sheds new light on major modernist writers by focusing on their more obscure works
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107060012
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'Old timber to new fires': T. S. Eliot's Christian poetry
    2. 'Once out of nature': Gertrude Stein and the fashioning of war
    3. 'Almost real': Wyndham Lewis and the Second World War
    4. Conclusion: aftermaths and aesthetic form.

  • Author

    John Whittier-Ferguson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    John Whittier-Ferguson is a Professor of English at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Framing Pieces: Designs of the Gloss in Joyce, Woolf, and Pound (1996) and the co-editor, with A. Walton Litz and Richard Ellmann, of James Joyce: Poems and Shorter Writings (1991).

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