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Modernist Writing and Reactionary Politics


  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120821

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  • In Modernist Writing and Reactionary Politics, Charles Ferrall argues that the politics of Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Lawrence, and Wyndham Lewis were a response to the separation of art from an increasingly industrialised society. Fascism became attractive to these writers because it promised to reintegrate art into society while simultaneously guaranteeing its autonomy. Yet with the exception of Pound and Yeats, these writers all finally rejected fascism, preferring instead to see the aesthetic as a sphere in permanent opposition to liberal democracy, rather than the basis for a new social order. Individual chapters focus on Yeats and decolonisation, Pound and 'the Jews', Eliot and the uncanny, and Lawrence and homosexuality, and Lewis and the Cartesian primitive. Ferrall's account of why some of the greatest writers of the early twentieth century became involved in reactionary politics offers insights into the relation between modernist aesthetics, technology and avant-gardism.

    • Big topic in Modernist studies
    • Clearly written
    • Interdisciplinary
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    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120821
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. W. B. Yeats and the family romance of Irish Nationalism
    2. Ezra Pound and the poetics of literalism
    3. 'Neither Living nor Dead': T. S. Eliot and the uncanny
    4. The homosocial and Fascism in D. H. Lawrence
    5. 'Always a Deux': Wyndham Lewis and his doubles
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    Charles Ferrall, Victoria University of Wellington

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