Modernism and the European Unconscious

Modernism and the European Unconscious

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Modernism in art and literature was characterized by a reaction against the rationalism and scientism of the late nineteenth century and by a desire to open up enexplored areas of the mind, including the unconscious realms that were being uncovered by Freud and others. "Modernism and the European Unconscious" is a systematic study of this modernist "flight from reason" and of the impact of this movement on European culture in the twentieth century. In a comparative and comprehensive way, the contributors to this volume examine the interaction of modernist forms and new models of the mind. They focus on literary texts as well as on theatre, cinema and painting. They analyze not only the classic canon of great modernist novelists, such as Kafka, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Mann, but also avant-garde movements like Surrealism and influential figures like Magritte, Max Ernst, Breton and Artaud. The result is a major work of comparative and cultural analysis. Among the contributors are Malcolm Bowie, Elizabeth Wright and Edward Timms.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 582g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745605192
  • 9780745605197

Table of contents

Preface Part I: Towards a Freudian Aesthetic? 1. A Message F rom Kakania: Freud, Music, Criticism: Malcolm Bowie (Queen Mary College, London) 2. The Unconscious Image: Peter Collier (University of Cambridge) Part II: Fictions of the Unconscious 3. The Tyranny of the Text: Lawrence, Freud and the Modernist Aesthetic: Anne Fernihough (University of Oxford) 4. James Joyce: The Unconscious and the Cognitive Epiphany: Tim Cribb (University of Cambridge) 5. Primitivism and Psychology: Nietzsche, Freud and Thomas Mann: Ritchie Robertson (University of Cambridge) 6. Flaubert, Joyce, Schnitzler, Woolf: `Style indirect libre' to Stream of Consciousness: Naomi Segal (University of Cambridge) 7. The Word and the Spirit: Explorations of the Irrational in Musil, Doblin, and Kafka: David Midgley (University of Cambridge) 8. Following the Stranger: Narratives of Self in Svevo and Pirandello: Judy Davies (University of Cambridge) 9. Proust's Livre Interieur: Robin Mackenzie (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris) 10. Hesse's Therapeutic Fiction: Edward Timms (University of Cambridge) Part III: The Image in Performance 11. `Secrets of a Soul': A Psychoanalytic Film: Sorley Macdonald (University of Cambridge) 12. Pirandello and the Drama of Creativity: Ann Caesar (University of Cambridge) 13. Antonin Artaud: Madness and Self-Expression: David Kelley (University of Cambridge) 14. Avant-garde Theatre and the Return to Dionysos (Nietzsche, Jung, Valle-Inclan, Lorca, Artaud): Alison Sinclair (University of Cambridge) 15. The Uncanny and Surrealism: Elizabeth Wright (University of Cambridge) 16. Monsters in Surrealism: Hunting the Human-Headed Bombyx:Elza Adamowicz (Goldsmith's College, London) Notes on Abbreviations Select General Bibligraphy Index Acknowledgements.show more