Modernism, Nationalism, and the Novel by Pericles LewisModernism, Nationalism, and the Novel by Pericles Lewis

Modernism, Nationalism, and the Novel

byPericles Lewis

Paperback | February 26, 2007

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In Modernism, Nationalism, and the Novel, Pericles Lewis shows how political debates on national identity inspired radical experiments with narrative form among modernist writers. He suggests that far from abandoning the political concerns of nineteenth-century realism, modernists used the emphasis on individual consciousness to explore ways in which the modern nation-state shapes the psyches of its subjects. Tracing this theme through Joyce, Proust, and Conrad, among others, Lewis claims that modern novelists gave life to a whole generation of narrators who forged new social realities in their own images.
Title:Modernism, Nationalism, and the NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:February 26, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521033020

ISBN - 13:9780521033022


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Note on texts; 1. The modern novelist as redeemer of the nation; 2. The crisis of liberal nationalism; 3. 'His sympathies were in the right place': Conrad and the discourse of national character; 4. Citizens of the Plain: Proust and the discourse of national will; 5. 'Il vate nazionale': D'Annunzio and the discourse of embodiment; Conclusion; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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"[Lewis] makes a compelling case." Research in African Literatures