ISBN-10: 1316332330

ISBN-13: 9781316332337

1922: Literature, tradition, Politics examines key features of tradition and background in 1922, a yr made well-known by means of the book of numerous modernist masterpieces, comparable to T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and James Joyce's Ulysses. person chapters written by means of top students supply new contexts for the year's major artworks, philosophy, politics, and literature. 1922 additionally analyzes either the political and highbrow forces that formed the cultural interactions of that privileged second. even if this quantity takes post-World battle I Europe as its leader concentration, American artists and authors additionally obtain considerate attention. In its multiplicity of perspectives, 1922 demanding situations misconceptions in regards to the 'Lost Generation' of cultural pilgrims who flocked to Paris and Berlin within the Nineteen Twenties, hence stressing the broader effect of that momentous yr.

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A world broken in two evokes the traditional trope of the Greek symbolon: two pieces of a pottery that can be reunited to claim an identity. It is to such a work of critical discrimination and synthetic reunion that the following essays welcome you. Notes 1 See Georg Lukács, Essays and Reviews (1922; reprint, London: Merlin Press, 1983). 14 Jean-Michel Rabaté 2 Letter to Trotsky sent by Gramsci from Moscow, dated September 8, 1922, added by Trotsky at the end of chapter 4 of the French version of Littérature et Révolution.

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