Modernism and the Ideology of History: Literature, Politics, and the Past by Louise Blakeney WilliamsModernism and the Ideology of History: Literature, Politics, and the Past by Louise Blakeney Williams

Modernism and the Ideology of History: Literature, Politics, and the Past

byLouise Blakeney Williams

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Louise Williams explores the cyclical nature of historical memory in the work of five major Modernists: Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Ford and Lawrence. These Modernists, Williams argues, started their careers with historical assumptions derived from the nineteenth century. But their views on the universal structure of history, the abandonment of progress and the adoption of a cyclical sense of the past, were the result of the important conflicts and changes within the Modernist period. This wide ranging and inter-disciplinary study will be essential reading for anyone interested in modernist writing.

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Title:Modernism and the Ideology of History: Literature, Politics, and the PastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521120934

ISBN - 13:9780521120937

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. 'Immaterial pleasure houses'; the initial aesthetic dilemma; 2. 'A more dream-heavy hour': medievalist and progressive beginnings; 3. 'Pedantry and hysteria'; contemporary political problems; 4. 'A certain discipline': radical conservative solutions; 5. 'A particularly lively wheel'; cyclic views emerge; 6. 'Our own image': the example of Asian and non-Western cultures; 7. In 'the grip of the ... vortex': the proof of Post-Impressionist art; 8. The 'cycle dance'; cyclic history arrives; 9. 'The nightmare' and beyond: World War I and mature cyclic theories; Conclusion; Notes; Index.

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"Modernisn and the Ideology of History is a valuable contribution to modernist studies and to British literary history." Journal of Midwest Modern Language Association