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The recent enthusiasm for things "post"modern has often produced a caricature of Modernism as monolithic and reactionary. Peter Nicholls argues instead that the distinctive feature of Modernism is its diversity. Through a lively analysis of each of Modernism's main literary movements, he explores the connections between the new stylistic developments and the shifting politics of gender and authority. Nicholls introduces a wealth of literary experimentation, beginning with Baudelaire and Mallarme and moving forward to the first avant-gardes. Close readings of key texts monitor the explosive histories of Futurism, Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, histories that allow Anglo-American Modernism to be seen in a strikingly different light. In revealing Modernism's broad and varied terrain, Nicholls evokes the richness of a cultural moment that continues to shape our own."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520201033
ISBN-10: 0520201035
Format: Paperback
(219mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 24-Aug-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter Nicholls

Peter Nicholls is Subject Chair of American Studies at the University of Sussex and the author of "Ezra Pound: Politics, Economics and Writing" (1984).

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