Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

The use of myth in Modernist literature is a misleadingly familiar theme. Joyce's appropriation of Homer's Odyssey and Eliot's of Frazer's Golden Bough are, like Lawrence's primitivism or Yeats's nationalist folklore, attempts to discover an underlying metaphysic in an increasingly fragmented world. In Literature, Modernism and Myth Michael Bell also examines the relationship of myth and modernism to postmodernism. Myth, Bell shows, is inherently flexible; it was used to justify Pound's totalizing vision of society which eventually descended into fascism, and the liberal, ironic vision of human existence Joyce and Mann expressed. Those theorists who present myth as another form of mystification, a search for false origins, ignore its use by modernists to emphasise the ultimate contingency of all values. This anti-foundational element, Bell claims, enables myth to act as a corrective to the claims of ideological critique. Bell shows how postmodern concerns with political and social responsibility, and the role literature plays in formulating this, have in fact been inherited from modernism.

Buy Literature, Modernism and Myth book by Michael Bell from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780521035347
ISBN-10: 0521035341
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Literature, Modernism and Myth book by Michael Bell and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Author Michael Bell

Invitation to Qualitative Fieldwork by Michael Bell

An Invitation to Qualitative Fieldwork

Hardback, February 2015
$189.00
Southern Desserts by Michael Bell

Southern Desserts

Hardback, May 2014
$43.03
Cambridge Companion to European Novelists by Michael Bell

The Cambridge Companion to European Novelists

Paperback, June 2012
$46.76
Evolution Since Darwin by Michael Bell

Evolution Since Darwin

Paperback, September 2010
$123.26