Modernist Fiction: An Introduction

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University Press of Kentucky, Sep 24, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 248 pages
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To many writers of the early twentieth century, modernism meant not only the reshaping or abandonment of tradition but also an interest in psychology and in new concepts of space, time, art, and language. Randall Stevenson's important new analysis of the genre presents a lucid, comprehensive introduction to modernist fiction, covering a wide range of writers and works.

Drawing on narrative theory and cultural history, Stevenson offers fresh insights into the work of such important modernists as Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, D.H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce. In addition he discusses the work of Marcel Proust, an important figure in the development of modernism in Europe.

This illuminating book places the new imagination of the modernist age in its historical context and looks at how and why the pressures of early twentieth century life led to the development of this distinctive and influential literary form. This accessible account of modernism, modernity, and the novel will be welcomed by students, scholars, and general readers alike.


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Great introduction to some of the giants of British modernism. Stevenson focuses on the big three, Lawrence, Woolf and Joyce; but also spends a lot of time on the big two precursors, James and Conrad ... Read full review


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Randall Stevenson is professor of twentieth century literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author or coeditor of numerous books, including Literature and the Great War.

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