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Modernism and the Ideology of History

Literature, Politics, and the Past

Modernism and the Ideology of History by Louise Blakeney Williams
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Louise Williams explores the nature of historical memory in the work of five major Modernists: Yeats, Pound, Hulme, Ford and Lawrence. These Modernists, Williams argues, started their careers with historical assumptions derived from the nineteenth century. But their views on the universal structure of history, on the abandonment of progress and the adoption of a cyclical sense of the past, were the result of important conflicts and changes within the Modernist period. Williams focuses on the period immediately before World War I, and shows in detail how Modernism developed and why it is considered a unique intellectual movement. She also revisits the theory that the Edwardian age was a difficult period of transition to the modern world. Finally, she illuminates the contribution of non-Western culture to the literature and thought of the period. This wide-ranging and inter-disciplinary study is essential reading for literary and cultural historians of the modernist period.
Cambridge University Press; July 2002
275 pages; ISBN 9780511058684
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Title: Modernism and the Ideology of History
Author: Louise Blakeney Williams
 
ISBNs
0511058683
9780511058684
9780521814997