Modernism and Race

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Len Platt
Cambridge University Press, Feb 24, 2011 - Literary Criticism
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The 'transnational' turn has transformed modernist studies, challenging Western authority over modernism and positioning race and racial theories at the very centre of how we now understand modern literature. Modernism and Race examines relationships between racial typologies and literature in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, drawing on fin de siécle versions of anthropology, sociology, political science, linguistics and biology. Collectively, these essays interrogate the anxieties and desires that are expressed in, or projected onto, racialized figures. They include new outlines of how the critical field has developed, revaluations of canonical modernist figures like James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford and Wyndham Lewis, and accounts of writers often positioned at the margins of modernism, such as Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay and the Holocaust writers Solomon Perel and Gisella Perl. This collection by leading scholars of modernism will make an important contribution to a growing field.

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Chapter 1 Germanism the modern and England 18801930 a literary overview
Chapter 2 All these fellows are ourselves Ford Madox Ford race and Europe
Chapter 3 Tis optophone which ontophanes race the modern and Irish revivalism
Chapter 4 Generating modernism and New Criticism from antisemitism Laura Riding and Robert Graves read T S Eliots early poetry
Chapter 5 Race modernism and the question of late style in Kiplings racial narratives
Chapter 6 Atlantic modernism at the crossing the migrant labours of Hurston McKay and the diasporic text
Chapter 7 Claude McKay in Britain race sexuality and poetry
Chapter 8 Wyndham Lewis and the modernists internationalism and race
Chapter 9 Until Hanandhunigans extermination Joyce China and racialised world histories
Chapter 10 Race gender and the Holocaust traumatic modernity traumatic modernism

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Len Platt is Professor of English at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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