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The Repetitive Formation of English Modernism

Christopher GoGwilt

in The Passage of Literature

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751624
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866199 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751624.003.0003
The Repetitive Formation of English Modernism

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Chapter 3 studies the formation of English modernism around the founding of Ford Madox Ford's two reviews, The English Review in 1908 and the transatlantic review in 1924, tracing the relation between Ford's consecration of Conrad as pioneering modernist and his promotion of Jean Rhys as part of a new modernist avant-garde. Framed by discussion of Rhys's citation of a passage from Conrad's Almayer's Folly in the novel After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie, the chapter examines Ford's critical emphasis on the linguistic effect of individual English words in excerpted passages of Conradian prose. Rhys's own economy of description sheds light on the celebrated Conradian search for the mot juste, revealing a problematic priority of cultural identity in the linguistic and literary formation of early twentieth-century English modernism.

Keywords: Joseph Conrad; Jean Rhys; Ford Madox Ford; memory; English; modernism; The English Review; The Transatlantic Review

Chapter.  15139 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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