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Modernism by Peter Childs
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Jul 01, 2010

really liked it
Recommended for: Luke Perry
Read from June 21 to July 01, 2010

This is a highly readable and mostly jargon free introduction to the idea(s) of modernism for a reader who dips casually into the canon and could benefit from a few analytical tools. After briefly checking out some of the patriarchs of modernism (Marx, Darwin, Freud, Nietzsche, Saussure, Einstein) it moves on to a discussion of genres (novel, short story, poetry, drama, art, film) and then looks at several authors and works more closely. A chapter on gender examines Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party and Lawrence's Women in Love. A chapter on epistemology and narration delves into Heart of Darkness and The Good Soldier. A chapter on identity and war deals with Mrs. Dalloway and Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier. The sex-and-race chapter looks at Nella Larsen and William Faulkner. Finally, a chapter on symbolism and language discusses A Passage to India, W.B. Yeats's Leda and the Swan, and James Joyce. Many more authors and works are discussed in passing.

The book is typeset pleasingly in Garamond for the main text and Scala Sans for headings, quotations, glossary, and bibliography.
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Su Su Thanks for the review! Especially the font bit...

Lobstergirl You're welcome.

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