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Wyndham Lewis

A Critical Guide

Edited by Andrzej Gąsiorek, Nathan Waddell

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The first guide to the work of Wyndham Lewis as writer, novelist, and critic

Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) was one of the most innovative writers and painters of his time. An indefatigable critic of ideology, politics, and culture, Lewis was also one of modernism’s key creative artists and a unique twentieth-century thinker. This book offers a scholarly companion to his written work. It features dedicated chapters on such novels as Tarr (1918), The Apes of God (1930), The Revenge for Love (1937), The Human Age sequence (1928-55), and Self Condemned (1954). Also included are chapters on Lewis’s pre-war writing, cultural criticism, politics, satire, and reputation and legacy. Other chapters consider such varied topics as Vorticism and avant-gardism, war, race and gender, technology and mass media, and modernism. Wyndham Lewis: A Critical Guide is essential reading for scholars working on Lewis, modernism, and twentieth-century socio-cultural history.

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Contents

List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction, Andrzej Gąsiorek and Nathan Waddell
1. Pre-War Writing, Louise Kane
2. Vorticism and Avant-Gardism, Julian Hanna
3. ‘Harsh laughter’: Reading Tarr, Faith Binckes
4. Lewis and War, Ann-Marie Einhaus
5. Lewis and Cultural Criticism, Alan Munton
6. Lewis, Satire, and Literature, Jamie Wood
7. The Apes of God, David Bradshaw
8. Political Incorrectness Gone Sane: Lewis, Race, and Gender, Ivan Phillips
9. Lewis and Politics, Nathan Waddell
10. The Revenge for Love, Ian Patterson
11. Lewis and Technology, Andrzej Gąsiorek
12. Lewis and Modernism, Michael Nath
13. The Human Age, Scott W. Klein
14. Self Condemned: Casualties of the Vortex, Miranda Hickman
15. Legacy, Paul Edwards
Index

About the Author

Andrzej Gasiorek is Professor of Twentieth Century Literature and Head of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.

Nathan Waddell is Lecturer in Modernist Literature in the School of English at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Modern John Buchan (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009) and Modernist Nowheres (Palgrave, 2012). He is a co-editor of Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity (Ashgate, 2011), John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity (Pickering & Chatto, forthcoming 2013), and Utopianism and Modernism in Twentieth-Century Literary Cultures (Palgrave, forthcoming 2013). He has published several articles on modernist and early twentieth-century writers in edited collections and peer-reviewed journals, and at present is working on a project provisionally titled ‘The Musical Wars of Modernism, 1914-1945’.

Reviews

Gasiorek and Waddell should be commended for bringing together a truly impressive cast of authorities on Lewis, who reaffirm here the provocative vitality of Lewis's work for modernist studies today. Critically eclectic and thematically comprehensive, this book combines broader cultural and literary-historical essays with energetic readings of key novels from Lewis's formidable oeuvre.

- David James, Queen Mary, University of London

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