Before Modernism Was: Modern History and the Constituencies of Writing 1900-30

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 8, 2004 - Fiction - 222 pages
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Before Modernism Was places modernist writing within the texture of modern history. Texts by Woolf, James, Freud, Wyndham Lewis, Stein, Malinowski, and others are read through a range of figures that construct and disrupt modern meaning: the ghost that affects the value of your property; the sulky, graceless adolescent; the Pole who may not be Polish; the nervous owner of the dog; the addict and her smoke. Eccentric to its institutions, these figures are central to the constituency of modernism.

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GEOFF GILBERT is Associate Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature and English at the American University of Paris. He writes about and teaches modernism, European fiction, cultural studies, and sexuality.

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