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The Resource High Modernism : Aestheticism and Performativity in Literature of the 1920s, Joshua Kavaloski

High Modernism : Aestheticism and Performativity in Literature of the 1920s, Joshua Kavaloski

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High Modernism : Aestheticism and Performativity in Literature of the 1920s
Title
High Modernism
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Aestheticism and Performativity in Literature of the 1920s
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Joshua Kavaloski
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eng
Summary
High modernism is accepted shorthand for the core phase of literary modernism in the 1920s, when Eliot, Joyce, Pound, Woolf, Mann, Kafka, Proust, Gide, and others published pivotal works. While there is consensus about the term's meaning, the value and significance of the works it designates are highly contested. For advocates who helped establish its place in the canon, the works of high modernism mark the culmination of literature as high art, while other critics see them as elitist, inaccessible, patriarchal, imperialist, reactionary. Despite this wide range of judgments, all take for granted that high modernism's main features are aestheticist: formal innovation and detachment from history, society, and politics. This book reconsiders that supposition, arguing that high modernist texts epitomize performativity, that is, that they transcend the quiescence of literary aesthetics and affect the extratextual world. Writers such as Kafka, Woolf, Mann, and Faulkner privilege form not as an end in itself but as a means to empower the sociopolitical function of literature. By exploring the performative role of literary works fromthe 1920s, this book provides a more nuanced understanding of high modernism and resituates it within literary history. Joshua Kavaloski is Associate Professor and Director of the German Studies Program at Drew University
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1968-
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Kavaloski, Joshua
Dewey number
809/.9112
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.M54
LC item number
K38 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture
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  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Aesthetics in literature
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High Modernism : Aestheticism and Performativity in Literature of the 1920s, Joshua Kavaloski
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online resource
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text
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Contents
Introduction: The problematics of high modernism -- The new critics and the social function of modern literature -- Literary theory's reception of high modernism -- Aesthetic performativity in Franz Kafka's Das Schloss -- Discontinuity in Virginia Woolf's To the lighthouse -- The enactment of time in Thomas Mann's Der Zauberberg -- Chiasms in William Faulkner's As I lay dying -- Conclusion: The dialectic of high modernism -- Appendix: The early, high, and late phases of modernism
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CR9781571138873
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1 online resource (235 pages)
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online
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9781571138873
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
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remote
Label
High Modernism : Aestheticism and Performativity in Literature of the 1920s, Joshua Kavaloski
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 12 Apr 2018)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The problematics of high modernism -- The new critics and the social function of modern literature -- Literary theory's reception of high modernism -- Aesthetic performativity in Franz Kafka's Das Schloss -- Discontinuity in Virginia Woolf's To the lighthouse -- The enactment of time in Thomas Mann's Der Zauberberg -- Chiasms in William Faulkner's As I lay dying -- Conclusion: The dialectic of high modernism -- Appendix: The early, high, and late phases of modernism
Control code
CR9781571138873
Extent
1 online resource (235 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781571138873
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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