High and Low Moderns

High and Low Moderns : Literature and Culture, 1889-1939

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This collection offers a revisionist picture of modernism. This group of prominent scholars including Havey Teres, David Bromwich, A. Walton Litz, Louis Menand, and Lucy McDiarmid consider the major modernist writers who are customarily treated as if they wrote in different eras and different worlds: the "epicene" high modernists (Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, Woolf, et al) and the more "popular" low modernists (Hardy, Shaw, Wells, et al), and bring these writers into critical proximity with one another.show more

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  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 161.5 x 237.7 x 23.6mm | 612.36g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones
  • 0195082664
  • 9780195082661

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This collection of essays on modernist culture reassesses the convergence of low and high cultures, of socialist and aesthete, late Victorian and young Georgian, the popular and the coterie. Academic literary studies have until recently preferred to treat the "opaque", "difficult" writings of high moderns Conrad, Yeats, Woolf, and Eliot, and the more accessible work of the low moderns Kipling, Shaw, and Wells in separate categories. In contributions by scholars David Bromwich, Roy Foster, Edna Longley, Louis Menand, Edward Mendelson, and others, High and Low Moderns brings these writers into critical proximity. Essays on such topics as the public mourning of Queen Victoria, Florence Farr and the "New Woman", the Edwardian Shaw, Lady Gregory's attraction to Irish felons, and the high artistic uses of low entertainments - cinema, detective fiction, and journalismintroduce a subtler model of modernism, in which "demotic" and "elite" cultural forms criticize, imitate, and address one another.show more

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Space precludes doing justice to the range and empirical detail of the collection./Drew Milne/Irish Studies review 6/3show more

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