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York Notes Companions


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Part One: Introduction Part Two: A Cultural Overview Part Three: Texts, Writers and Contexts

  • Modernist poetry French Origins, English Settings: Baudelaire, Mallarme and the Georgians

o Extended commentary: Imagism

  • Modernist poetry America, Ireland and England: Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Yeats and Eliot
o Extended commentary: T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922) * The Modernist novel and tradition: Flaubert, Mann, Kafka and Joyce
    • Extended commentary: Joyce, The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
* The Modernist novel II: Saki, Woolf and Lawrence
    • Extended commentary: Lawrence, Women in Love (1920)
  • The Modernist play I Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello and Beckett
    • Extended commentary: Beckett,Endgame (1957)
  • The Modernist play II Conrad, Brecht and Artaud
o Extended commentary: Brecht, Baal (1923) Part Four: Critical theories and Debates Literature and War Modernist Print Culture Modernism, Music the Visual Arts Modernism and its Critics Part Five: Resources Timeline Further reading Index

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This volume in the York Notes Companions series looks back to the origins of Modernism and the traditions that shaped it, examining texts from France, America, England and Ireland to provide a stimulating and original take on this unique movement in literary history.

About the Author

Dr Gary Day is Principal Lecturer and English Course leader for the MA in Independent Study at the University of De Montfort. He has a wide range of literary interests, including modern literature and drama, and the history of criticism. He is also widely published, with his most recent work, Literary Criticism: A New History (Edinburgh University Press, 2008), described as 'exuberantly readable a book that will appeal to students and scholars alike'. He is also the author of Class (Routledge 2001) described by Terry Eagleton as 'a signal achievement'. In addition to being the author of several other books and of many chapters, essays and articles he has also edited Palgrave's New Casebook on The Rainbow and Women in Love (Macmillan, 2004), British Poetry 1990 1950 (Macmillan, 1995), and Literature and Culture in Modern Britain Volumes 2 and 3 (Longman, 1997, 1999). He is a reviewer for, amongst others, THES, the Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies and the TLS. Gary Day is joint editor with Jack Lynch of the Wiley Encyclopedia of Eighteenth Century Literature.


"Via a combination of critical approaches and textual analysis, Day explores a fertile period for literary development."- Reviewed in Times Higher Education

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