Modernist Nowheres: Politics and Utopia in Early Modernist Writing, 1900-1920 by N. WaddellModernist Nowheres: Politics and Utopia in Early Modernist Writing, 1900-1920 by N. Waddell

Modernist Nowheres: Politics and Utopia in Early Modernist Writing, 1900-1920

byN. Waddell

Hardcover | July 24, 2012

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Modernist Nowheres explores connections in the Anglo-American sphere between early literary modernist cultures, politics, and utopia. Foregrounding such writers as Conrad, Lawrence and Wyndham Lewis, it presents a new reading of early modernism in which utopianism plays a defining role prior to, during and immediately after the First World War.

NATHAN WADDELL is a Teaching Fellow at The University of Birmingham, England, UK. He is the author of Modern John Buchan: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge Scholars, 2009); co-editor of Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity (Ashgate, 2011); and the author of articles and chapters on literary modernist coteries and communities, ...
Title:Modernist Nowheres: Politics and Utopia in Early Modernist Writing, 1900-1920Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:July 24, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023027899X

ISBN - 13:9780230278998


Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Maps Worth Glancing AtMeliorism and Edwardian ModernityQuestions of PerfectibilityForlorn Hopes and The English ReviewMagnetic Cities and Simple LivesIndividualism, Happiness, and LabourVorticism and the Limits of BLAST Satire, Impressionism, and WarIdealisms and ContingenciesConclusionBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"In this irreplaceable contribution to the growing corpus of scholarship on literary utopias, Nathan Waddell shows how some of the great experiments of early modernism emerge from a tension between powerful impulses toward social transformation and equally powerful doubts that utopian hopes should be encouraged. Waddell treats a satisfyingly wide range of writers without sacrificing historical or conceptual coherence; Modernist Nowheres is an admirably insightful, deeply honest inquiry from start to finish." - Professor Douglas Mao, Department Chair, Department of English, John Hopkins University