Modernism and the Fate of Individuality
Character and Novelistic Form from Conrad to Woolf
By (author) Michael H. Levenson
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Modernism and the Fate of Individuality by Michael H. Levenson
Book DescriptionMichael Levenson, author of the acclaimed A Genealogy of Modernism, devotes this second book to the complex question of the self, the individual subject, as it undergoes various transitions throughout the period we designate 'modernist'. The book is an elaborate and compelling engagement with the problem of individuality in our age, structured around a sophisticated reading of eight major novels by Conrad, James, Forster, Madox Ford, Lewis, Lawrence, Joyce and Woolf. Professor Levenson takes account of the large body of modern theoretical writing on this topic, and his study will be of interest to theorists, cultural historians, and literary scholars in equal measure. It addresses issues (the crisis of liberalism, challenge to Eurocentrism, advance of bureaucracy, contest between men and women) still of crucial concern in our culture, showing that the problem, when it comes to locating the self within the entanglements of a community, is one of defining a formal concept while at the same time preserving a moral value.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521609449
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael H. Levenson
Modernism, Hardback (October 2011)
Offers an original account of Modernism. This title provides not only a survey but also a reassessment of Modernism itself. Illuminating individual achievements and locating them within the intersecting histories of experiment, this book places the transformations of culture alongside the agitations of modernity.
Cambridge Companion to Modernism, Hardback (September 2011)
This Companion is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary appraisal of the modernist movement, with contributions from fourteen leading scholars.
Spectacle of Intimacy, Hardback (June 2000)View all books by Michael H. Levenson
Love of home life, the intimate moments a family peacefully enjoyed in seclusion, had long been considered a hallmark of English character even before the Victorian era. This book explores how intimacy became a spectacle and how this paradox energized Victorian culture between 1835 and 1865.
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