By Patricia E. Chu
Twentieth-century authors have been profoundly stimulated through alterations within the means countries and states ruled their electorate. the advance of kingdom administrative applied sciences allowed Western states to spot, tune and keep watch over their populations in unheard of methods. Patricia E. Chu argues that concepts of shape and elegance constructed through Anglo-American modernist writers chart anxieties approximately own freedom within the face of accelerating governmental controls. Chu examines a various set of texts and flicks, together with works through T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Zora Neale Hurston and others, to discover how modernists perceived their paintings and their identities in terms of nation energy. also, she sheds mild on modernists' principles approximately race, colonialism and the postcolonial, as race got here more and more to be noticeable as a political and governmental build. This ebook bargains a robust critique of key issues for students of modernism, American literature and twentieth-century literature.
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The figure of the bride differs from the male zombie-citizen in that the naturalization and privatization of women’s subordination through romance sets up a cycle that continually produces and then alleviates anxiety about whether we can discern bridal agency and what it would mean if the bride did not have agency. Madeline as zombie raises the specter of unfree consent to forms; Madeline as bride recuperates modern consent and citizenship. Courts and legislatures modernized American marriage regulation at the turn of the century to redefine marriage as a matter for public interest and state intervention rather than, as formerly, a private contract between two individuals.
I find equally unsatisfactory four common approaches: (1) declaring ‘‘modernist’’ any work written within a particular span of years. Modernism was an aesthetic commitment, despite our lack of critical agreement on the nature of that commitment; (2) describing the ways in which an author’s work aesthetically resembles the work of authors whose place in the modernist canon is unchallenged. This seems to me to be a circular argument rather than a reconsideration of the aesthetics of modernism in a historical light.
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