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Modernism and Homer
The Odysseys of H.D., James Joyce, Osip Mandelstam, and Ezra Pound

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  • Date Published: September 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107108035

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  • This comparative study crosses multiple cultures, traditions, genres, and languages in order to explore the particular importance of Homer in the emergence, development, and promotion of modernist writing. It shows how and why the Homeric epics served both modernist formal experimentation, including Pound's poetics of the fragment and Joyce's sprawling epic novel, and sociopolitical critiques, including H.D.'s analyses of the cultural origins of twentieth-century wars and Mandelstam's poetic defiance of the totalitarian Stalinist regime. The book counters a long critical tradition that has recruited Homer to consolidate, champion and, more recently, chastise an elitist, masculine modernist canon. Departing from the tradition of reading these texts in isolation as mythic engagements with the Homeric epics, Leah Flack argues that ongoing dialogues with Homer helped these writers to mount their distinct visions of a cosmopolitan post-war culture that would include them as artists working on the margins of the Western literary tradition.

    • Will help readers in both classics and modernist studies to appreciate the special significance of Homer to transnational modernism
    • Combines both formalist and historicist literary analysis with several different methodological approaches, including reception studies and genetic criticism
    • Engages multiple linguistic, cultural, and national traditions in order to explore the transnational dimensions of modernist Homeric writing
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107108035
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: making Homer new
    Part I. High Modernism and Homer:
    1. 'To have gathered from the air a live tradition': Pound, Homer, modernism
    2. 'The reading of Homer was transformed into a fabulous event': Mandelstam's modernist Odyssey
    3. 'Damn Homer, Ulysses, Bloom, and all the rest': 'Cyclops', disorder, and Joyce's monster audiences
    Part II. Late Modernism and Homer:
    4. 'ACTUALITY gets in front of Olympus': Pound's late visions and revisions of Homer
    5. 'What song is left to sing? All song is sung': H. D., Homer, modernism
    Appendix: Russian text of Mandelstam's poems.

  • Author

    Leah Culligan Flack, Marquette University, Wisconsin
    Leah Culligan Flack in an Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University, Wisconsin.

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