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Modernist Politics

Alan Munton

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/9780199545445.013.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Modernist Politics

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This article examines the relation between modernism and politics, particularly fascism, socialism, and anarchism. It describes the modernist works of James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, T.S. Eliot, and Virginia Woolf, and suggests that since writers do not lead political parties, they cannot practise the politics of hope on a large scale, but must instead find small communities to work from. Thus, modernists found themselves in very different political and cultural contexts.

Keywords: modernism; politics; fascism; socialism; anarchism; James Joyce; Wyndham Lewis; T.S. Eliot; Virginia Woolf

Article.  12411 words. 

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

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