Literary Modernism, Bioscience, and Community in Early 20th Century Britain

Authors: Gordon, C.

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This book examines the relationship between the literary and bioscientific cultures of the period as a means of exploring the ways in which the comprehension and representation of the human body fundamentally shapes a variety of the period's communal and national visions.

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CRAIG GORDON is Assistant Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, Canada.

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"Gordon demonstrates a wide and current knowledge of the literary-critical and cultural-studies work in his field. He sets his methodology off from other practitioners of the 'New Modernisms' with the idea of a 'double logic of incorporation,' the problematic embodiments of individuals and communities. Without flattening either into uniform bits of sociological data, he assesses reciprocal relations between literary and other cultural forms. In a parallel and even stronger move, Gordon engages with some major voices in post-Foucauldian and other post-structuralist theory, in particular, Judith Butler, Jean-François Lyotard, and Jean-Luc Nancy, to argue for the cogency of an analytical category he terms the impossibly material body, whose refusal of both regulatory inscription and critical interpretability makes an opening for 'alternative subjective and communal forms.' This is an original and insightful study." - Bruce Clarke, Professor of English, Texas Tech University; President, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-20

    Gordon, Craig A.

  • Where “Life Joins Hands with Death”: Lawrence, the Sanatorium, and the Bare Life of the Tubercular Body

    Pages 23-79

    Gordon, Craig A.

  • Unraveling Lawrence’s Vital Web of Dynamic Consciousness: Incorporating the Work of Community or Assembling a Multitude?

    Pages 81-125

    Gordon, Craig A.

  • Organizing the Nervous Body, Regulating the Self: The Psychological Production of National Community in Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves

    Pages 129-160

    Gordon, Craig A.

  • Breaking Habits, Affecting the Neuropsychological Body: Toward the “Unsubstantial Territory” of Disorganized Community

    Pages 161-206

    Gordon, Craig A.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literary Modernism, Bioscience, and Community in Early 20th Century Britain
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60418-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230604186
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7754-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53759-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 236
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