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Publication, Patronage, Censorship

Aaron Jaffe

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/9780199545445.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Publication, Patronage, Censorship

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This article examines the material conditions of literary modernism. It investigates how literary materials got from the modernist author into the world and how modernist texts get published. The article also explores the relation between modernism and the emergent cultures of publicity in the early twentieth century, and discusses the issues of patronage and censorship. It suggests that modernism's benefactors were not as altruistic as they are sometimes portrayed, and that modernist literary materials that fell into their hands, which are often described decorously in correspondences as gifts, were actually transactional, or acquired on a collect-on-delivery basis.

Keywords: literary modernism; publicity; patronage; censorship; benefactors; literary production

Article.  9538 words. 

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

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