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Modernism and...

Modernism and Style

Authors: Hutchinson, B.

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Modernism is fundamentally determined by its relationship to its own notions of style: oscillating between the poles of 'pure' style and 'purely' style, this traces the stylistic self-conceptualization of modernism from Schopenhauer and Flaubert in the 1850s, through Nietzsche and the symbolists in the 1880s, to the high modernists of the 1920s.

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Ben Hutchinson is Professor of European Literature at the University of Kent.

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'This book should be compulsory reading for all those who are interested in modernism. Less a polemical 'treatise of style' as Aragon had it, it is both an original mapping of modernism briskly revisited via the history of its successive forms, and a conceptualization of the contradictory concepts of style invoked by its most canonical authors. The scope of reference is broad, with accurate readings of Flaubert, Proust, Joyce, Rilke, Dujardin, Eliot, Pound, Breton, Valery, Marinetti and Mina Loy. This book renders the same service for modernism as Roland Barthes's Writing Degree Zero. While Barthes saw modernity as defined by the end of style, here we learn to recognize the plurality of styles of modernism, and this is an invaluable contribution.' - Jean-Michel Rabaté, the University of Pennsylvania, USA

'Hutchinson steers a course through a vast catalogue of canonical modernist authors in his effort to calibrate the oscillating valance of stylistic "purity" in the period. In doing so, he reveals manifold variations in artistic practice and theoretical positioning. Indeed, what emerges most strikingly from this kaleidoscopic reckoning is a sense of style's fluidity as a notion and of the fields of aesthetics and poetics as dynamic domains of ceaseless modulation and revision.' - Scarlett Baron, University College London, UK


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-44

    Hutchinson, Ben

  • Philosophical Beginnings

    Pages 45-80

    Hutchinson, Ben

  • 1857: Literary Beginnings

    Pages 81-116

    Hutchinson, Ben

  • The ‘Virus of Prose’: Decadent Style and the Modernist Novel

    Pages 117-155

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  • 1922: Style and the Modernist Lyric

    Pages 156-197

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modernism and Style
Authors
Series Title
Modernism and...
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-34320-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230343207
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-23096-5
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-23097-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 291
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