Relativity, Metaphor and Modernist Literature
By (author) Michael H. Whitworth
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Einstein's Wake by Michael H. Whitworth
Book DescriptionThe revolution in literary form and aesthetic consciousness called modernism arose as the physical sciences were revising their most fundamental concepts: space, time, matter, and the concept of 'science' itself. The coincidence has often been remarked upon in general terms, but rarely considered in detail. Einstein's Wake argues that the interaction of modernism and the 'new physics' is best understood by reference to the metaphors which structured these developments. These metaphors, widely disseminated in the popular science writing of the period, provided a language with which modernist writers could articulate their responses to the experience of modernity. Beginning with influential aspects of nineteenth-century physics, Einstein's Wake qualifies the notion that Einstein alone was responsible for literary 'relativity'; it goes on to examine the fine detail of his legacy in literary appropriations of scientific metaphors, with particular attention to Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, and T. S. Eliot.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198186403
(225mm x 146mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael H. Whitworth
Orlando, Paperback (December 2014)
Orlando tells the tale of an extraordinary individual who lives through history first as a man, then as a woman. At its heart is the figure of Woolf's friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West, and Knole, the historic home of the Sackvilles. Orlando mocks the conventions of biography and history and wryly examines sexual double standards.
Reading Modernist Poetry, Hardback (April 2010)
This text provides close examinations of key poems by T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats, and many others. It considers the key techniques employed to orient and disorient the reader, such as diction, rhythm, and allusion while exploring the ideological implications of subject matter and the literary forms and structures of modernist poetry.
Virginia Woolf (Authors in Context), Paperback (April 2009)
Political and social change during Woolf's lifetime led her to address the role of the state and the individual. Michael H. Whitworth shows how ideas and images from contemporary novelists, philosophers, theorists, and scientists fuelled her writing, and how critics, film-makers, and novelists have reinterpreted her work for later generations.
Modernism, Paperback (December 2006)» View all books by Michael H. Whitworth
* A judicious selection of key critical works on literary modernism * Helps students to engage with the major debates surrounding literary modernism * Presents a critical history from the earliest reviews to the most recent theoretical assessments * Shows how modernist writers understood and constructed modernism.
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Author Biography - Michael H. Whitworth
Michael H. Whitworth Lecturer in English, University of Wales, Bangor
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