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Sciences of Modernism
Ethnography, Sexology, and Psychology

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  • Date Published: November 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316639115

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  • Sciences of Modernism examines key points of contact between British literature and the human sciences of ethnography, sexology, and psychology at the dawn of the twentieth century. The book is divided into sections that pair exemplary scientific texts from the period with literary ones, charting numerous collaborations and competitions occurring between science and early modernist literature. Paul Peppis investigates this exchange through close readings of literary works by Claude McKay, E. M. Forster, Mina Loy, Rebecca West, and Wilfred Owen alongside science books by Alfred Haddon, Havelock Ellis, Marie Stopes, Bernard Hart, and William Brown. In so doing, Peppis shows how these competing disciplines participated in the formation and consolidation of modernism as a broad cultural movement across a range of critical discourses. His study will interest students and scholars of the history of science, literary modernism, and English literature more broadly.

    • Treats the traffic between literature and science as two-way, where literature informs science and science informs literature
    • Applies close, literary analysis to a series of science books, charting how early twentieth-century science depended on the tools of literature and rhetoric
    • Articulates neglected ways that modernist 'experiments' with literary form derive from and modify particular scientific metaphors and concepts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Peppis brings … close reading skills to ten early modernist texts … to show that literature and science, rather than being antithetical 'discourses' were subtly collaborative in the engineering of high modernism's 'black boxes'.' The Times Literary Supplement

    ‘Scholars of English literary modernism will find Sciences of Modernism a significant contribution to the field. Meticulously researched, Paul Peppis’s most recent book positions a diverse series of early twentieth-century books in historical context as well as in critical tradition.’ T. Hugh Crawford, Modern Philology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316639115
    • dimensions: 226 x 151 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Ethnographies:
    1. Salvage ethnography, cultural cross-dressing, and autoethnography in A. C. Haddon's Head-Hunters: Black, White and Brown
    2. Salvaging dialect, cultural cross-dressing, and antiethnographic autoethnography in Claude McKay's Constab Ballads
    Part II. Sexologies:
    3. Homosexual Bildung and sexological modernism in Havelock Ellis and John A. Symonds's Sexual Inversion and E. M. Forster's Maurice
    4. Re-writing sex: sexology and sentimental modernism in Marie Stopes's Married Love and Mina Loy's Songs to Joannes
    Part III. Psychologies:
    5. Treating trauma, modernizing narrative: Bernard Hart's The Psychology of Insanity and Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier
    6. 'Mental Cases': forms of shellshock in William Brown's Psychology and Psychotherapy and Poems by Wilfred Owen

  • Author

    Paul Peppis, University of Oregon
    Paul Peppis is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde (Cambridge, 2000) and has contributed chapters to The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry (Cambridge, 2007) and The Cambridge Companion to E. M. Forster (Cambridge, 2007). He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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