Modernism Keywords

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-05-05
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Guided by the historical semantics developed in Raymond Williams' pioneering study of cultural vocabulary, Modernism: Keywords presents a series of short entries on words used with frequency and urgency in “written modernism,” tracking cultural and literary debates and transformative moments of change. 

  • Highlights and exposes the salient controversies and changing cultural thought at the heart of modernism
  • Goes beyond constructions of “plural modernisms” to reveal all modernist writing as overlapping and interactive in a simultaneous and interlocking mix
  • Draws from a vast compilation of more than a thousand sources, ranging from vernacular prose to experimental literary forms
  • Spans the “long” modernist period, from its incipient beginnings c.1880 to its post-WWII aftermath
  • Approaches English written modernism in its own terms, tempering explanations of modernism often derived from European poets and painters
  • Models research techniques based on digital databases and collaborative work in the humanities

Author Biography

Melba Cuddy-Keane is Emerita Professor, University of Toronto-Scarborough and Emerita Member of the Graduate Department of English, University of Toronto. Her publications include Virginia Woolf, the Intellectual, and the Public Sphere (2003), the annotated edition of Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts (2008) and, previously with Blackwell, contributions to The Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture (2006) and The Companion to Narrative Theory (2005).

Adam Hammond is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria, Canada. His publications include “The Honest and Dishonest Critic” on Mikhail Bakhtin and Erich Auerbach in Style (2012), and an essay on James Baldwin and the New Criticism in Rereading the New Criticism (2012).

Alexandra Peat is Assistant Professor of Literature at Franklin College, Switzerland. She is the author of Travel and Modernist Literature: Sacred and Ethical Journeys (2010).

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