A Concise Companion to Modernism (Blackwell Concise Companions to Literature and Culture)

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This concise Companion offers an innovative approach to understanding the Modernist literary mind in Britain, focusing on the intellectual and cultural contexts, which shaped it.


  • Offers an innovative approach to understanding the Modernist literary mind in Britain.
  • Helps readers to grasp the intellectual and cultural contexts of literary Modernism.
  • Organised around contemporary ideas such as Freudianism and eugenics rather than literary genres.
  • Relates literary Modernism to the overarching issues of the period, such as feminism, imperialism and war.

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This concise Companion offers an innovative approach to understanding the Modernist literary mind in Britain, focusing on the intellectual and cultural contexts which shaped it.

The book consists of twelve chapters written by leading scholars, each spotlighting ideas emanating from a particular field which helped to shape Modernism, including eugenics, primitivism, Freudianism, and Nietzscheanism. Each contributor deals with his or her topic in some depth, but also pays attention to the impact it had on overarching issues. At the same time, the contributors identify contemporary developments in other disciplines, especially art, architecture, music, film, and philosophy, which paralleled developments in poetry, fiction, and drama. Each chapter concludes with a brief guide to further reading.Through reading this Companion, students will gain an understanding of Modernism as a historical and cultural phenomenon, as well as a literary movement.

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David Bradshaw is Hawthornden Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Worcester College, University of Oxford. Among other volumes, he has edited Brave New World (1994), The Hidden Huxley (1994), Women in Love (1998), Mrs Dalloway (2000), Decline and Fall (2001), and The Good Soldier (2002). He has also published extensively on Virginia Woolf, Modernism, and various aspects of literature and politics in the 1930s. He is an Editor of the Review of English Studies and a Fellow of the English Association.

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