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Modernism and the Ideology of History

Modernism and the Ideology of History
Literature, Politics, and the Past

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  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521814997

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  • Louise Williams explores the cyclical nature of historical memory in the work of five major Modernists: Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Ford and Lawrence. These Modernists, Williams argues, started their careers with historical assumptions derived from the nineteenth century. But their views on the universal structure of history, the abandonment of progress and the adoption of a cyclical sense of the past, were the result of the important conflicts and changes within the Modernist period. This wide ranging and inter-disciplinary study will be essential reading for anyone interested in modernist writing.

    • A vivid and compelling discussion of the nature of historical memory in the work of Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Ford and Lawrence
    • Broad-ranging study covering five leading writers
    • This study will appeal to historians as well as literary critics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Williams offers an attractive thesis constructed around masses of primary materials that make for fascinating reading." English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

    "Modernisn and the Ideology of History is a valuable contribution to modernist studies and to British literary history." Journal of Midwest Modern Language Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521814997
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 161 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'Immaterial pleasure houses': the initial aesthetic dilemma
    2. 'A more dream-heavy hour': medievalist and progressive beginnings
    3. 'Pedantry and hysteria': contemporary political problems
    4. 'A certain discipline': radical conservative solutions
    5. 'A particularly lively wheel': cyclic views emerge
    6. 'Our own image': the example of Asian and non-Western cultures
    7. In 'the grip of the … vortex': the proof of Post-Impressionist art
    8. The 'cycle dance': cyclic history arrives
    9. 'The nightmare' and beyond: World War I and mature cyclic theories

  • Author

    Louise Blakeney Williams, University of Connecticut

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