Waking Giants

Waking Giants : The Presence of the Past in Modernism

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Schneidau's concern is with the way in which Modernism, named for its avant-garde propaganda, reveals itself to be dominated by a keen awareness, usually joyous, of the possibilities of the past recurring in the present. He argues that this idea represents a significant nexus in Modernism, an illuminating connection that explains some otherwise puzzling relationships.show more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 149.4 x 226.6 x 23.9mm | 597.18g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195068629
  • 9780195068627

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'Briefly: Publish it!... The organisation is cunning. Schneidau makes his constitutive points via Ulysses, which is widely known. He then springs two surprises: Hardy and Forster as precursors whom the Modernists found, for different reasons, congenial. That's followed by a chapter on The Secret Agent as Nightmare: not only the best pages on that novel I've read, but an illuminating stage in the book's overall argument.' Hugh Kenner, John Hopkins Universityshow more

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