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Description - Modernist Literature by Vicki Mahaffey

"Challenging Fiction" is a double entendre. This unusual book argues that modernist fiction is not only difficult (or challenging) to read, it also provokes readers to challenge the fictions that they live by. To read modernist literature in a way that unlocks its humor, its discomfiting insights, and its strong emotional undercurrents, a reader must be both receptive and resistant to the author's perspective, actively challenging it with his or her own experience, knowledge, and sensibilities. Using writers as diverse as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Djuna Barnes, Oscar Wilde, and Jean Rhys, this book demonstrates that the rewards of "challenging fiction" are considerable, and unexpected.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631213062
ISBN-10: 0631213066
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 167mm x 21mm)
Pages: 268
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Vicki Mahaffey

Vicki Mahaffey is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of York and a former Guggenheim Fellow and winner of both the Lindback Award and the Ira Abrams Award for teaching. Her previous publications include Reauthorizing Joyce (1988) and States of Desire: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, and the Irish Experience (1998).

Books By Vicki Mahaffey

Collaborative 'Dubliners' by Vicki Mahaffey
Paperback, March 2012
Modernist Literature by Vicki Mahaffey
Paperback, December 2006
States of Desire by Vicki Mahaffey
Hardback, May 1998