Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, And The Arts Between The World Wars by Tyrus MillerLate Modernism: Politics, Fiction, And The Arts Between The World Wars by Tyrus Miller

Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, And The Arts Between The World Wars

byTyrus Miller

Paperback | February 25, 1999

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Tyrus Miller breaks new ground in this study of early twentieth-century literary and artistic culture. Whereas modernism studies have generally concentrated on the vital early phases of the modernist revolt, Miller focuses on the turbulent later years of the 1920s and 1930s, tracking the dissolution of modernism in the interwar years.

In the post-World War I reconstruction and the worldwide crisis that followed, Miller argues, new technological media and the social forces of mass politics opened fault lines in individual and collective experience, undermining the cultural bases of the modernist movement. He shows how late modernists attempted to discover ways of occupying this new and often dangerous cultural space. In doing so they laid bare the ruin of the modernist aesthetic at the same time as they transcended its limits.

In his wide-ranging theoretical and historical discussion, Miller relates developments in literary culture to tendencies in the visual arts, cultural and political criticism, mass culture, and social history. He excavates Wyndham Lewis's hidden borrowings from Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer; situates Djuna Barnes between the imagery of haute couture and the intellectualism of Duchamp; uncovers Beckett's affinities with Giacometti's surrealist sculptures and the Bolshevik clowns Bim-Bom; and considers Mina Loy as both visionary writer and designer of decorative lampshades. Miller's lively and engaging readings of culture in this turbulent period reveal its surprising anticipation of our own postmodernity.
Tyrus Miller is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and Film Studies at Yale University.
Title:Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, And The Arts Between The World WarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:February 25, 1999Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520216482

ISBN - 13:9780520216488


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In his study of early 20th century literary and artistic culture, Tyrus Miller focuses on the stormy late 1920s and early 1930s. Specifically, the author zeroes in on the breakup of modernism in the years between the two world wars. Late Modernism reviews music, literature, art and even fashion with a refreshing and unconventional take on this cultural period.