Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence

Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence

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Vincent Sherry
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 1/3/2019
EAN 9781107437500, ISBN10: 1107437504

Paperback, 319 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

In this major new book, Vincent Sherry reveals a fresh continuity in literary history. He traces the idea of decadence back to key events from the failures of the French Revolution to the cataclysm of the Great War. This powerful work of literary criticism and literary history encompasses a rich trajectory that begins with an exposition of the English Romantic poets and ends with a re-evaluation of modernists as varied as W. B. Yeats, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Rebecca West, Djuna Barnes, Samuel Beckett and, centrally, Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot. Sherry's hugely ambitious study will be essential reading for anyone working in modernist studies and twentieth-century literature more generally.

1. The time of decadence
2. The demonstrable decadence of modernist novels
3. Ezra Pound, 1906–20
4. T. S. Eliot, 1910–22.