Modernists as Critics


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© Oxford University Press 2010. All rights reserved. This article examines literary modernism's neglect of social and political criticism. One possible reason for this relative neglect is the fact that modernist works of social and political criticism have assumed varied and peculiar shapes. The article explains that the relative neglect of modernist social criticism has historically been less a consequence of scholarly ignorance of or indifference to this important body of writing than it has the predictable result of a professional desire to shield the study of modernist literature from the scandals and unwelcome controversies which scrutiny of these writings predictably elicits. Thus, modernist works of social and political criticism have appeared under numerous guises: editorials, book reviews, and academic lectures.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Moses, MV

Published Date

  • December 16, 2010

Book Title

  • The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780199545445

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0009

Citation Source

  • Scopus