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Modernism Beyond the Avant-Garde
Embodying Experience

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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108423397

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  • Critics have traditionally maintained that capitalism's resurgence after the Second World War precipitated the transition from modernism to postmodernism. This revisionist account shows that modernism does not simply decline. By foregrounding phenomenological conceptions of bodily experience, Jason M. Baskin reveals modernism's ongoing vitality. Key postwar writers, critics and philosophers, including Elizabeth Bishop, Ezra Pound, Ralph Ellison and Raymond Williams, as well as Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Theodor Adorno, developed an aesthetics of embodiment that adapted modernism to a new postwar landscape. Working across differences of race, gender, national and intellectual tradition, genre and form, Baskin contends that these authors used ordinary bodily experiences, such as perception, memory and laughter, to imagine modes of common being and purpose that were otherwise unavailable in a postwar society dominated by liberal capitalism.

    • Develops the concept of embodiment in order to read major works of postwar literature in a new way
    • Offers a historically grounded and theoretically sophisticated reading of postwar literary modernism, in particular by introducing the original concept of modernism 'beyond the avant-garde'
    • Relates literature to philosophy and politics, particularly phenomenology and critical theory
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108423397
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: late modernism and the aesthetics of embodiment
    1. Elizabeth Bishop's rhythmic looking
    2. Ezra Pound's scraps of a self
    3. Ralph Ellison's invisible laughter
    4. Raymond Williams's collaborative labor

  • Author

    Jason M. Baskin, University of Exeter
    Jason M. Baskin is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, where he specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, modernism and critical theory. He has published essays and book reviews in Cultural Critique, Mediations, Postmodern Culture, Boston Review, Harvard Review and the Washington Post, as well as the edited collections Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture (2017) and Understanding Merleau-Ponty, Understanding Modernism (2018).

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