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The Resource Committed styles : modernism, politics, and left-wing literature in the 1930s, Benjamin Kohlmann

Committed styles : modernism, politics, and left-wing literature in the 1930s, Benjamin Kohlmann

Label
Committed styles : modernism, politics, and left-wing literature in the 1930s
Title
Committed styles
Title remainder
modernism, politics, and left-wing literature in the 1930s
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Kohlmann
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Committed styles' offers a new understanding of the politicized literature of the 1930s and its relationship to modernism. It reclaims a central body of literary and critical works for modernist studies, offering in-depth readings of texts by T.S. Eliot and I.A. Richards, as well as by key left-wing authors including William Empson, David Gascoyne, Charles Madge, Humphrey Jennings, and Edward Upward. Building on substantial new archival research, Benjamin Kohlmann explores the deep tensions between modernist experimentation and political vision that lie at the heart of these works. Taking as its focus the work of these writers, the book argues that the close interactions between literary production, critical reflection, and political activism in the decade shaped the influential view of modernism as fundamentally apolitical. Intervening in debates about the long life of modernism, it contends that we need to take seriously the anti-modernist impulse of 1930s left-wing literature even when attention is paid to the formal complexity of these 'committed' works. The tonal ambiguities which run through the politicised literature of the 1930s thus effect not a disengagement from but a more thorough immersion in the profoundly conflicted political commitments of the decade. At the same time, the study shows that debates about the politics of writing in the 1930s continue to inform current debates about the relationship between literature and political commitment
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Cataloging source
ERASA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1981-
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Kohlmann, Benjamin
Dewey number
810/820
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR471
LC item number
.K65 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford English monographs
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English literature
Label
Committed styles : modernism, politics, and left-wing literature in the 1930s, Benjamin Kohlmann
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
'Responsible progagandists': I.A. Richards, T.S. Eliot, and Cambridge Experiment -- An honest decade: William Empson and the uses of poetry -- Between communism and 'Purity' of style: the revolutions of English surrealism -- Social facts and poetic authority: the political aesthetic of mass-observation -- Bad dreams: Edward Upward and Marxist prophecy
Control code
869726313
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vi, 223 pages
Isbn
9780198715467
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)869726313
Label
Committed styles : modernism, politics, and left-wing literature in the 1930s, Benjamin Kohlmann
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
'Responsible progagandists': I.A. Richards, T.S. Eliot, and Cambridge Experiment -- An honest decade: William Empson and the uses of poetry -- Between communism and 'Purity' of style: the revolutions of English surrealism -- Social facts and poetic authority: the political aesthetic of mass-observation -- Bad dreams: Edward Upward and Marxist prophecy
Control code
869726313
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vi, 223 pages
Isbn
9780198715467
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)869726313

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