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

Hardcover | August 21, 2012

byNathan Waddell

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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.

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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 W...

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, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.87 × 5.69 × 0.86 inPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023027899X

ISBN - 13:9780230278998

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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

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"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