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Modernism by Leigh Wilson


Modernism by Leigh Wilson

This guide provides a clear and concise overview of literature and its context from 1890-1939. This accessible introduction to Modernism and its contexts from 1890-1939 includes: an overview of the historical, cultural and intellectual background including arts, science and philosophy; a survey of the developments in key genres including discussion of major writers and groups including Virginia Woolf, T.S.Eliot, James Joyce and the Bloomsbury group; concise explanations of key terms needed to understand the literature and criticism; a guide to key critical approaches to modernism from contemporary critics to the present; a chronology mapping historical events and literary works; and guided further reading including websites and electronic resources. Introductions to British Literature and Culture provide practical guides to key literary periods. Guides in the series help to orientate students as they begin a new module or area of study, providing concise information on the historical, cultural, literary and critical context and acting as an initial map of the knowledge needed to study the literature and culture of a specific period. Each guide includes an overview of the historical period, intellectual contexts, major genres, critical approaches and a guide to original research and resource materials in the area, enabling students to progress confidently to further study.


There is a useful and interesting section on the philosophical and religious background to the rise of excellent section entitled 'Modernist Literature'...Wilson concludes that there is to be found a certain coherence in the ideas and kinds of writing that the tem 'modernism
has come to describe. I think this has been amply and well documented in her book

... This really is an excellent discussion. - The Use of English '[this] series offers both the student reader and teacher exciting and invaluable interventions in and reorientations around questions of history, culture, and period ... With brio, verve, and an admirable brevity, the series grounds our understanding of literature and culture in thought-provoking and highly original ways. ... an indispensable series that will set the benchmark for all such surveys and overviews.' - Julian Wolfreys, Professor of Victorian Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Florida. 'Concept looks good ... I like the idea... they should do very well'--Lee Morgan, Head of Sales at Compass 'your new series looks interesting and timely' - Professor Elaine Treharne, University of Leicester (Chair of the English Association) 'this is a book which we would like our first years to have read - a guide which gives the information without which a student would be entirely at sea.' - Professor Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University (from proposal) 'This looks excellent; I shall look forward to seeing the first texts.' - Jennifer Nicholson, University of Newcastle '[these guides will] provide what students really want/need to know when they begin a module, in a way that makes sense before they've done the module itselfathe lack of this has really been my problem with survey books for students already on the market' - Leigh Wilson, University of Westminster (from proposal)

About the Author

Leigh Wilson is a Lecturer in English at the University of Westminster, UK.

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Publication date

22nd November 2007


Leigh Wilson

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


192 pages


Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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