1922, Paris, New York, London: The Modernist as International Hero

Michael Nort

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI:
1922, Paris, New York, London: The Modernist as International Hero

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This chapter discusses the modernist as international hero and examines The Waste Land. The discussion begins with a meeting of three American writers and an Irish writer in Paris in order to discuss the future of English literature, which could be affected by the process of constant cultural exchange. It then argues that literary modernism enters commerce only to secure itself from competition. The chapter shows that modern life is essentially international, and that The Waste Land is a modern opening poem.

Keywords: modernist; Waste Land; English literature; constant cultural exchange; literary modernism; commerce; modern life

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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