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Modernist Literature

Rachel Potter

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Introduces students to a wide range of modernist writers and critical debates in modernism studies.

Discussing canonical modernist writers such as James Joyce and T. S. Eliot alongside less familiar writers such as Mina Loy and Djuna Barnes, the guide takes students through a wide-ranging modernist literary landscape. It considers how the publishing networks and collaborative projects which connected writers in the period were central to the creation of English-language modernism. It also introduces students to recent critical debates in modernism studies, with separate chapters on modernism and the writing of geography and exile, the relationship between modernism, obscenity and literary censorship, and modernism and mass culture - with a particular focus on the modernist interest in film - and modernism and politics. The book also considers the changing meaning of the word modernism through twentieth and twenty-first century criticism.

Key Features:
  • Introduces a wide range of modernist writers, including familiar authors such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis and less canonical figures such as H.D., Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes and Laura Riding
  • Modernism is presented as an extensive literary landscape, something that has featured significantly in recent critical discussions of modernism
  • Introduces students to modernist techniques and to recent debates
  • Shows how English-language modernism emerged, and connects this to recent debates about modernist publishing and networks


Series Preface
When was modernism?
What was modernism?
Modernist poetry: T. S. Eliot's 'The Love Song of K. Alfred Prufrock'
Modernist prose: James Joyce's Ulysses
Chapter 1. Modernist Networks 1914-1928: Futurists, Imagists, Vorticists, Dadaists
London, 1914
New York City, 1917
Paris, 1922
Chapter 2. Modernism and Geography
Modernism and Realism
Exiled Writing
Chapter 3. Sex, Obscenity, Censorship
Law and Literature
Modernism and Feminism
Chapter 4. Modernism and Mass Culture
Modernist authority
Popular Fiction and Journalism
Chapter 5. Modernism and Politics
Revolution and Economics
Student Resources
Electronic Resources
Questions for Discussion

About the Author

Rachel Potter is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of East Anglia with research interests in the area of modernist literature. Her first book Modernism and Democracy: Literary Culture 1900-1930 (Oxford, 2006) considered the relationship between modernism, gender and politics. She has also co-edited the collection of critical essays on the modernist poet Mina Loy called The Salt Companion to Mina Loy (Cambridge, 2010).


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