Literature, Modernism and Myth: Belief and Responsibility in the Twentieth Century

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Dezember 2005



Modernist literature attempted to discover through myth an underlying metaphysic to an increasingly fragmented world. In Literature, Modernism and Myth, Michael Bell examines the relationship among myth, modernism and postmodernism. Bell shows how modernists used myth to emphasize the contingency of all values. This anti-foundational element, Bell claims, enables myth to act as a corrective to the political claims of ideological critique. He shows how postmodern concerns with political and social responsibility have in fact been inherited from modernism.


Introduction; Part I: 1. Myth in the age of the world view; Part II: 2. Varieties of modernist mythopoeia; 3. Countercases: T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound; 4. The politics of modernist mythopoeia; Part III: 5. The break-up of modernist mythopoeia; 6. Living with myth: Cervantes and the new world; 7. Living without myth: deconstructing the old world; Part IV: Conclusion: ideology, myth and criticism; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.


'This study makes an original contribution to ongoing debates in literary criticism.' Manuscript 'Bell manages to successfully place these traditions within a lively dialogue of modern Britain and America, whilst also laying to rest the fashionable criticisms about myths.' Anglia Newspaper for English Philology
EAN: 9780521580168
ISBN: 0521580161
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Seitenanzahl: 272 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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