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Modernism, Imperialism and the Historical Sense

Modernism, Imperialism and the Historical Sense

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Paul Stasi
Cambridge University Press
Edition: First Edition - Second Impression, 7/30/2012
EAN 9781107021440, ISBN10: 1107021448

Hardcover, 194 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

Modernist art and literature sought to engage with the ideas of different cultures without eradicating the differences between them. In Modernism, Imperialism and the Historical Sense, Paul Stasi explores the relationship between high modernist aesthetic forms and structures of empire in the twentieth century. Stasi's text offers new readings of James Joyce, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf by situating their work within an early moment of globalization. By combining the insights of Marxist historiography, aesthetic theory and postcolonial criticism, Stasi's careful analysis reveals how these authors' aesthetic forms responded to, and helped shape, their unique historical moment. Written with a wide readership in mind, this book will appeal especially to scholars of British and American literature as well as students of literary criticism and postcolonial studies.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
imperial structures of feeling
1. The persistence of the past
modernism vs. imperial time
2. The Waste Land and the unreal center of capitalist modernity
3. Cosmopolitan kulchur
The Cantos as world literature
4. Turning production into consumption
Ulysses and the construction of postcolonial agency
5. 'Moments of pride in England'
Virginia Woolf and the forms of national subjectivity
Coda
the Edwardian lumber room
Notes.