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Leading international scholars illuminate the party's significance in Modernism In 12 chapters internationally distinguished scholars explore the party both as a literary device and as a forum for developing modernist creative values, opening up new perspectives on materiality, the everyday and concepts of space, place and time. There are chapters on Conrad and domestic paLeading international scholars illuminate the party's significance in Modernism In 12 chapters internationally distinguished scholars explore the party both as a literary device and as a forum for developing modernist creative values, opening up new perspectives on materiality, the everyday and concepts of space, place and time. There are chapters on Conrad and domestic parties, T S Eliot's 'Prufrock', the party vector in Joyce's 'The Dead' and Finnegans Wake, Katherine Mansfield's party stories, Virginia Woolf's idea of a party, the textual parties of Proust, Ford Madox Ford and Aldous Huxley and the real-life parties of Sylvia Beach, Adrienne Monnier, Natalie Barney and Gertrude Stein, the black 'after-party' of the Harlem Renaissance and the parties in extremis in D H Lawrence's Women in Love. Like guests at a party, the chapters talk to and argue with each other. They contribute different approaches: formal, historical, thematic, biographical and theoretical. They address gender and sexuality, race, genre, class, sociality and privacy. And they establish critical viewpoints. The party is shown to be the site both of introspection and self-display. It provokes competition, collaboration and violence. It is an occasion of nihilism as well as a model for creative production. Key Features: Develops the concept of space, currently of central concern to Modernist scholars Explores the tensions between Modernism as an aesthetics of intensity and Modernism as a movement of the everyday Adds a new and vital area of research to investigations of Modernism as the product of intellectual and social networks...

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ISBN : 9780748647316
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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  • Ruby
    2018-11-21 06:08

    I was originally quite taken with the idea of this anthology of literary criticism: the party in modernist literature as a new standpoint from which to examine a variety of texts. The party is really prevalent in modernism, and if this book achieves one thing, it is that it directs our attention to this interesting connection. But I am not quite sure how fruitful the metaphor of the party is, after all; as a starting point I think it is fascinating, but as an end in itself it ends up being restrictive. Ultimately, I found many of these essays unproductive, not really leading to new insights in the texts they discussed. I wanted them to push further but it seemed as if the essays were limited by their own focus which was always very much on a party by itself rather than on its significance in the (con)text in which it occurred. I did love Angela Smith's piece on Katherine Mansfield and there are interesting bits to be found everywhere. On the whole, it left me a bit dissatisfied, though.(I did skip a few essays when I wasn't at all familiar with the content they discussed - I may have missed out there, of course.)