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The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

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The Russian formalists emerged from the Russian Revolution with ideas about the independence of literature. They enjoyed that independence until Stalin shut them down. By then, however, they had produced essays that remain among the best defenses ever written for both literature and its theory.

Included here are four essays representing key points in the formalists short history. Victor Shklovskys pioneering “Art as Technique” (1917) defines the literary as a way to make us see familiar things as if for the first time. His 1921 essay on Tristram Shandy makes that eccentric novel the centerpiece for a theory of narrative. A section from Boris Tomashevskys “Thematics” (1925) inventories the elements of stories. In “The Theory of the ‘Formal Method” (1927), Boris Eichenbaum defends Russian Formalism against various attacks. An able champion, he describes Formalisms evolution, notes its major figures and works, clears away decayed axioms, and rescues literature from “primitive historicism” and other dangers.

These essays set a course for literary studies that led to Prague structuralism, French semiotics, and postmodern poetics. Russian Formalist Criticism has been honored as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year by the American Library Association.

Synopsis:

More than a century after its beginnings, modernism still has the power to shock, alienate or challenge readers. This introduction explains in a readable, lively style how modernism emerged, how it is defined, and how it developed in different forms and genres. Pericles Lewis offers students a survey of literature and art in England, Ireland and Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. Illustrated with works of art and featuring suggestions for further study, this is the ideal introduction to understanding and enjoying modernist literature and art.

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Must-have guides designed to introduce students and teachers to key topics and authors.

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An overview of how modernism emerged, how it is defined, and how it developed in different forms and genres.

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More than a century after its beginnings, modernism still has the power to shock, alienate or challenge readers. Modernist art and literature remain thought of as complex and difficult. This introduction explains in a readable, lively style how modernism emerged, how it is defined, and how it developed in different forms and genres. Pericles Lewis offers students a survey of literature and art in England, Ireland and Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. He also provides an overview of critical thought on modernism and its continuing influence on the arts today, reflecting the interests of current scholarship in the social and cultural contexts of modernism. The comparative perspective on Anglo-American and European modernism shows how European movements have influenced the development of English-language modernism. Illustrated with works of art and featuring suggestions for further study, this is the ideal introduction to understanding and enjoying modernist literature and art.

About the Author

Pericles Lewis is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521535274
Author:
Lewis, Pericles
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Morson, Gary Saul
Author:
Reis, Marion J.
Author:
Lemon, Lee T.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Modernism (literature)
Subject:
Literature, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literature, Modern -- 19th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Literature
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
162
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , More than a century after its beginnings, modernism still has the power to shock, alienate or challenge readers. This introduction explains in a readable, lively style how modernism emerged, how it is defined, and how it developed in different forms and genres. Pericles Lewis offers students a survey of literature and art in England, Ireland and Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. Illustrated with works of art and featuring suggestions for further study, this is the ideal introduction to understanding and enjoying modernist literature and art.
"Synopsis" by , Must-have guides designed to introduce students and teachers to key topics and authors.
"Synopsis" by , An overview of how modernism emerged, how it is defined, and how it developed in different forms and genres.
"Synopsis" by , More than a century after its beginnings, modernism still has the power to shock, alienate or challenge readers. Modernist art and literature remain thought of as complex and difficult. This introduction explains in a readable, lively style how modernism emerged, how it is defined, and how it developed in different forms and genres. Pericles Lewis offers students a survey of literature and art in England, Ireland and Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. He also provides an overview of critical thought on modernism and its continuing influence on the arts today, reflecting the interests of current scholarship in the social and cultural contexts of modernism. The comparative perspective on Anglo-American and European modernism shows how European movements have influenced the development of English-language modernism. Illustrated with works of art and featuring suggestions for further study, this is the ideal introduction to understanding and enjoying modernist literature and art.
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