Literary Impressionism And Modernist Aesthetics by Jesse MatzLiterary Impressionism And Modernist Aesthetics by Jesse Matz

Literary Impressionism And Modernist Aesthetics

byJesse Matz

Paperback | February 12, 2007

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Matz examines the writing of such modernists as James, Conrad and Woolf, who used the word "impression" to describe what they wanted their fiction to present. Matz argues that these writers did not favor immediate subjective sense, but rather a mode that would mediate perceptual distinctions. Just as impressions fall somewhere between thought and sense, impressionist fiction occupies the middle ground between opposite ways of engaging with the world. This study addresses the problems of perception and representation that occupied writers in the early decades of the twentieth century.
Jesse Matz is assistant professor of English at Harvard University.
Title:Literary Impressionism And Modernist AestheticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:February 12, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521033012

ISBN - 13:9780521033015

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction: Proust's deathless analogy; 1. Impressions of modernity; 2. Pater's homoerotic impression; 3. The woman of genius; 4. The distant labourer; 5. Woolf's phenomenological impression; 6. Three Impressionist allegories; Conclusion: Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Bell; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"[a] worthy contribution to the ethics and politics of literary Modernism." Woolf Studies Annual