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Modernists as Critics

Michael Valdez Moses

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0009

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Modernists as Critics

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This article examines literary modernism's neglect of social and political criticism. One possible reason for this relative neglect is the fact that modernist works of social and political criticism have assumed varied and peculiar shapes. The article explains that the relative neglect of modernist social criticism has historically been less a consequence of scholarly ignorance of or indifference to this important body of writing than it has the predictable result of a professional desire to shield the study of modernist literature from the scandals and unwelcome controversies which scrutiny of these writings predictably elicits. Thus, modernist works of social and political criticism have appeared under numerous guises: editorials, book reviews, and academic lectures.

Keywords: literary modernism; social criticism; political criticism; scholarly ignorance; modernist literature; editorials; book reviews; academic lectures

Article.  8475 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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