Will the Modernist: Shakespeare and the European Historical Avant-Gardes by Giovanni CianciWill the Modernist: Shakespeare and the European Historical Avant-Gardes by Giovanni Cianci

Will the Modernist: Shakespeare and the European Historical Avant-Gardes

EditorGiovanni Cianci, Caroline M. Patey

Paperback | August 21, 2014

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Why was the Bard of Avon so frequently on the agenda of avant-garde writers in Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Ireland? This volume explores the rich and diverse landscape of Shakespearean encounters in the tormented aesthetics of pre- and post-World War I Europe. However manipulated, deformed or transfigured, the Renaissance dramatist was revived in infinite guises: verbal, philosophical, visual and linguistic. Was he an icon to be demolished ruthlessly as the expression of a stale past or, on the contrary, did his works offer the foundation for new and provocative artistic explorations? Was he an enemy, a foil, a mirror? As they cross the borders of European countries and languages, the essays of this book interrogate Shakespeare’s living presence and chart the multiple facets of his vibrant and chameleonic afterlives as no single volume has done before. The exploration of territories situated beyond Anglophone boundaries partly displaces the Bard from his given niche in English culture and retrieves lost or marginalized Shakespearean voices. The annotated bibliographies which complete the volume greatly extend the territory of scholarship and offer a precious map of orientation in the maze of critical works.
Giovanni Cianci is Professor of English Literature at the Università degli Studi in Milan. Throughout his career, he has promoted ground-breaking research on Vorticism and inter-artistic dialogues in modernist culture. He has published extensively on Wyndham Lewis, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, John Ruskin, Joseph Conrad and the literary im...
Title:Will the Modernist: Shakespeare and the European Historical Avant-GardesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:August 21, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents: Giovanni Cianci: Introduction: The Agon with the Bard – Massimo Bacigalupo: Yeats and Pound: A Poetics of Excess and Pastiche – Jason Harding: T.S. Eliot’s Shakespeare: Changing our Way of Being Wrong – Carlo Pagetti: ‘Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way’: The Dialogue between Virginia Woolf and Master William – Giovanni Cianci: Modernist Interpreters of Shakespeare: Wyndham Lewis and G. Wilson Knight – Marjorie Perloff: Wittgenstein’s Shakespeare – Claudia Corti: ‘As you Disguise me’: Shakespeare and/in Pirandello – Silvia Riva: In Hamlet’s Path: Shakespearean Etchings in Laforgue and Tzara – George Oppitz-Trotman: Shakespeare’s Abandoned Cave: Bertolt Brecht and the Dialectic of ‘Greatness’ – Vincenzo Russo: Fernando Pessoa: A Peripheral Shakespearean Out of his Time – Laura Pelaschiar: Joyce’s Shakespeare – Caroline Patey: Beckett’s Shakespeare, or, Silencing the Bard.