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By David Bradshaw, Kevin J. H. Dettmar

ISBN-10: 0631204350

ISBN-13: 9780631204350

The Companion combines a huge grounding within the crucial texts and contexts of the modernist flow with the original insights of students whose careers were dedicated to the research of modernism.

  • An crucial source for college students and lecturers of modernist literature and culture
  • Broad in scope and accomplished in coverage
  • Includes greater than 60 contributions from probably the most exotic modernist students on either side of the Atlantic
  • Brings jointly entries on parts of modernist tradition, modern highbrow and aesthetic hobbies, and the entire genres of modernist writing and art
  • Features 25 essays at the sign texts of modernist literature, from James Joyce’s Ulysses to Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes have been observing God
  • Pays shut consciousness to either British and American modernism

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Joyce was a lapsed Catholic. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, a period of Catholic renewal, a number of artists and intellectuals converted to Roman Catholicism, notably two young novelists influenced by modernism, Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene. Even the most agnostic of modern- Religion 25 ists, like Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett, made the problem of religion central to some of their works. 107). Beckett, whose later works are often read in terms of existentialist philosophy and the absence of God, when asked in court whether he was Christian, Jewish, or atheist, replied “none of the three” (Bryden 1998: 1).

Writings from Late Notebooks, ed. Rüdiger Bittner, trans. Kate Sturge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Nordau, Max (1895). Degeneration. New York: Appleton and Co. Pippin, Robert B. (1999). Modernism as a Philosophical Problem, 2nd edn. (1st edn. 1991). Oxford: Blackwell. Rabaté, Jean-Michel (1996). The Ghosts of Modernity. Gainesville: University of Florida Press. Sinclair, May (1917). A Defence of Idealism. New York: Macmillan. ) (1957). The Selected Letters of Gustave Flaubert. New York: Vintage.

The spirit of religious crisis in the period is exemplified by the case of D. H. Lawrence, raised by his pious Congregationalist mother to read the Bible daily. Lawrence later criticized Christianity for its narrow morality but incorporated biblical themes and language in his works. He read Nietzsche, developed a fascination with Aztec religion, prophesied the imminent apocalypse of Western civilization, and created his own religious and mythical system to affirm the flesh in contrast with what he saw as the life-denying forces of traditional Christianity and modern civilization.

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