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The Persistence of Modernism
Loss and Mourning in the Twentieth Century


  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521896429

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  • Modernism is commonly perceived as a response to the cataclysmic events of the early twentieth century. To what extent then can we explain its continued persistence? Madelyn Detloff argues for modernism's relevance to our own age, a time of escalating loss, retribution and desire. Some of the social formations that inspired modernist cultural production - xenophobic nationalism and imperial hubris - are still with us. Writers such as Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein, who saw themselves as outsiders with a precarious sense of belonging to their dominant culture, are, Detloff claims, still able to give us insight into our contemporary narratives of loss, recovery, memory and nation. Detloff extends her conceptualisation to include current writers like Pat Barker and Hanif Kureshi, who have taken up the modernist thread in their own work; the result is an ambitious study that will appeal to all students and scholars of modernism.

    • Provides a sense of historical continuity and a better understanding of both World Wars' impact on contemporary culture
    • Conceptualises Modernism and helps the reader to better understand the importance of contemporary authors
    • Provides an intriguing look at important modernist figures such as Woolf, Stein and H. D. while reading them in the context of contemporary issues and authors
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    '… Detloff's book deserves enormous praise for the immense ground that it covers. The Persistence of Modernism performs valuable work within the field of literature while also adding to film and trauma studies.' Woolf Studies Annual

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521896429
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 160 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: 'The captivating spell of the past'
    Part I. War, Time, Trauma:
    1. Woolf's resilience
    2. Stein's shame
    3. H. D.'s wars
    Part II. The Modernist Patch:
    4. Pictures, arguments, and empathy
    5. The promise and peril of metic intimacy
    6. Orpheus, AIDS, and The Hours
    Epilogue: towards a survivable public mourning.

  • Author

    Madelyn Detloff, Miami University

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