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Modernism and Race

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  • Editor: Len Platt, Goldsmiths, University of London
Len Platt, Max Saunders, Kaori Nagai, Donald J. Childs, David Glover, Laura Doyle, Howard J. Booth, David Ayers, Finn Fordham, Phyllis Lassner
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521519441

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  • The 'transnational' turn has transformed modernist studies, challenging Western authority over modernism and positioning race and racial theories at the very centre of how we now understand modern literature. Modernism and Race examines relationships between racial typologies and literature in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, drawing on fin de siécle versions of anthropology, sociology, political science, linguistics and biology. Collectively, these essays interrogate the anxieties and desires that are expressed in, or projected onto, racialized figures. They include new outlines of how the critical field has developed, revaluations of canonical modernist figures like James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford and Wyndham Lewis, and accounts of writers often positioned at the margins of modernism, such as Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay and the Holocaust writers Solomon Perel and Gisella Perl. This timely collection by leading scholars of modernism will make an important contribution to a growing field.

    • An important new contribution to the growing scholarly interest in race and modern literature
    • Each essay is written in a clear and jargon-free style by a leading expert in the field
    • Offers new insights into well-known authors and their works, including Eliot and Joyce
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    "… those who seek a fresh approach to the place of Joyce and race in transnational modernist history and criticism will find valuable insights and prompts for further inquiry by mining the book’s resources."
    Gayle Rogers, James Joyce Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521519441
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Germanism, the modern and 'England' - 1880–1930: a literary overview Len Platt
    2. 'All these fellows are ourselves': Ford Madox Ford, race, and Europe Max Saunders
    3. 'Tis optophone which ontophanes': race, the modern and Irish revivalism Kaori Nagai
    4. Generating modernism and New Criticism from anti-Semitism: Laura Riding and Robert Graves read T. S. Eliot's early poetry Donald J. Childs
    5. Race, modernism, and the question of late style in Kipling's racial narratives David Glover
    6. Atlantic modernism at the crossing: the migrant labours of Hurston, McKay, and the diasporic text Laura Doyle
    7. Claude McKay in Britain: race, sexuality and poetry Howard J. Booth
    8. Wyndham Lewis and the modernists: internationalism and race David Ayers
    9. Until Hanandhunagan's extermination': racialized histories of the world - Joyce and China Finn Fordham
    10. Race, gender, and the Holocaust: traumatic modernity, traumatic modernism Phyllis Lassner

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    Len Platt, Goldsmiths, University of London
    Len Platt is Professor of English at Goldsmiths College, University of London.


    Len Platt, Max Saunders, Kaori Nagai, Donald J. Childs, David Glover, Laura Doyle, Howard J. Booth, David Ayers, Finn Fordham, Phyllis Lassner

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