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Author Schneidau, Herbert N.

Title Waking giants : the presence of the past in modernism / Herbert N. Schneidau
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1991
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 279 pages)
Contents Century's corpse outleant : Hardy and modernism -- Safe as houses : Forster as Cambridge anthropologist -- Primal scene in the Secret agent : sex and violence in the nightmare universe -- Personal past recaptured : Anderson & Sons -- Ezra Pound : the archaeology of the immanent
Summary This is a study of the most paradoxical aspect of modernism, its obsession with the past. Eliot wrote that the artist must be conscious "not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence." This creed permeated the movement: Modernists believed that the energies of the past could be resurrected in modern works, and that they could be the very force that makes those works modern: the urge of Pound and others to "make it new" stemmed from seeing the past as a source of renewal. Schneidau focuses on separate texts that incorporate these concepts: Joyce's Ulysses, Hardy's poems, Forster's H
Analysis English literature Modernism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
History in literature.
Memory in literature.
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain.
Modernism (Literature) -- United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 90019942
ISBN 0195068629 (alk. paper)
1423737091 (electronic bk.)
9780195068627 (alk. paper)
9781423737094 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)