By David Bradshaw
This concise better half bargains an cutting edge method of figuring out the Modernist literary brain in Britain, targeting the highbrow and cultural contexts, which formed it.
Offers an cutting edge method of figuring out the Modernist literary brain in Britain.
Helps readers to know the highbrow and cultural contexts of literary Modernism.
Organised round modern rules corresponding to Freudianism and eugenics instead of literary genres.
Relates literary Modernism to the overarching problems with the interval, corresponding to feminism, imperialism and conflict.
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The term fin de siècle was itself born of a biologization of time; the human body, its energies sapped, its health failing, was everywhere. Nordau questioned the sense of such incessant anthropomorphism: “only the brain of a child or of a savage could form the clumsy idea that the century is a kind of living being, born like a beast or a man” (1892: 1); but his own text was itself degenerative; morbid; pessimistic; hysterical. For some writers degeneration was something to be celebrated. Even those who appeared to be turning against nature, taking refuge in a selfenclosed aestheticism, were still grounding their fictions in the biological sciences.
M. Porter 1990). ” Integrating popular biology with social argument through analogy, he condensed laws of society and laws of physiology, and argued that life (including the life of society) was moving inevitably toward higher forms. Spencer opposed any state intervention, aggressively promoting, instead, laissez-faire capitalism as the social form most likely to allow each individual to exercise their powers fully in the service of the community. The pressures of competition would, he believed, ensure optimum adaptation and hence progress.
A Concise Companion to Modernism by David Bradshaw