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Questions of History

Daniel Moore

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/9780199545445.013.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Questions of History

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This article examines the relation between history and modernism. It criticises the view that modernism is a narrow aesthetic rejection of history and the study of the past, obsessed with form, centripetal, subjective, and without any impetus towards engaging with the wider sociocultural realm. The article suggests that a number of less extreme positions exist within the canon of modernist writing, and shows some of the ways in which history and historiography permeate modernist thought. It explains how thinking and writing about the past afforded modernism a way of defining its attitudes and critical apparatuses, and highlights the usefulness of thinking of modernism as a product of the same epistemological concerns that infected the discipline of history during the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Keywords: history; modernism; modernist writing; historiography; epistemological concerns

Article.  9817 words. 

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

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