Skip to content

Any online ordering available on this site is currently disabled for a planned improvement. For all ordering enquiries, please contact Customer Services.

Register Sign in Wishlist

Modernism and the Culture of Market Society

  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120111


Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an evaluation copy?

This title is not currently available for evaluation. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an evaluation copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Many critics argue that the modernist avant-garde were always in opposition to the commercial values of market-driven society. For John Xiros Cooper, the avant-garde bears a more complex relation to capitalist culture than previously acknowledged. He argues that in their personal relationships, gender roles and sexual contacts, the modernist avant-garde epitomised the impact of capitalism on everyday life. Cooper shows how the new social, cultural and economic practices aimed to defend cultural values in a commercial age, but, in this task, modernism became the subject of a profound historical irony. Its own characterising techniques, styles and experiments, deployed to resist the new nihilism of the capitalist market, eventually became the preferred cultural style of the very market culture which the first modernists opposed. In this broad-ranging 2004 study John Xiros Cooper explores this provocative theme across a wide range of Modernist authors, including Joyce, Eliot, Stein and Barnes.

    • Original account of the relation of modernist literature to market society
    • Sheds light on the social and economic significance of work by James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Wyndham Lewis, Gertrude Stein and Djuna Barnes
    • Written in lucid prose
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: '… I would urge anyone working on modernism to go away and read. … John Xiros Cooper's passionately argued Modernism and the Culture of Market Society … his is a brilliant polemic. This is an unremittingly materialist analysis … that situates modernism in relation to the complex process of economic, technological, social and political modernization that created it.' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120111
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: The modernist avant-garde and the culture of market society
    Part I. The Posthuman Scene:
    1. Approaching modernism
    2. Ideology
    3. Permanent revolution
    4. Epistemology of the market
    Part II. The Regime of Unrest: Four Precursors:
    5. Bloody face
    6. A variegated daguerreotype
    7. The unnameable
    8. Childhood as resistance
    Part III. The Margin is the Mainstream:
    9. Artisanal production, Ulysses and the circulation of goods
    10. History and the post-psychological self in The Waste Land
    11. La bohème: Lewis, Stein, Barnes
    12. Bloomsbury nation

  • Author

    John Xiros Cooper, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.