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Modernism and mass politics : Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, Michael Tratner

Label
Modernism and mass politics : Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats
Title
Modernism and mass politics
Title remainder
Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats
Statement of responsibility
Michael Tratner
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In the first two decades of the twentieth century, a new phenomenon swept politics: the masses. Groups that had struggled as marginal parts of the political system - particularly workers and women - suddenly exploded into vast and seemingly unstoppable movements. A whole subgenre of sociological-political treatises purporting to analyze the mass mind emerged all over Europe, particularly in England. All these texts drew heavily on the theories put forth in The Crowd,
  • written in 1895 by the French writer Gustave Le Bon and translated into English in 1897. Le Bon developed the idea that when a crowd forms, a whole new kind of mentality, hovering on the borderline of unconsciousness, replaces the conscious personalities of individuals. His descriptions should seem uncanny to literary critics, because they sound as if he were describing modernist literary techniques, such as the focus on images and the "stream of consciousness." Equally
  • important was Georges Sorel's Reflections on Violence (1906), which sought to turn Le Bon's theories into a methodology for producing mass movements by invoking the importance of myth to theories of the mass mind. Examining in detail the surprising similarities between modernist literature and contemporary theories of the crowd, this work upsets many critical commonplaces concerning the character of literary modernism. Through careful reading of major works of the
  • novelists Joyce and Woolf (traditionally viewed as politically leftist) and the poets Eliot and Yeats (traditionally viewed as politically to the right), it shows that many modernist literary forms in all these authors emerged out of efforts to write in the idiom of the crowd mind. Modernism was not a rejection of mass culture, but rather an effort to produce a mass culture, perhaps for the first time - to produce a culture distinctive to the twentieth century, which Le
  • Bon called "The Era of the Crowd."
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Tratner, Michael
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Intended audience
1440
Intended audience source
Lexile
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Joyce, James
  • Woolf, Virginia
  • Eliot, T. S.
  • Yeats, W. B.
  • English literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Literature and society
  • Popular culture
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Crowds in literature
Label
Modernism and mass politics : Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, Michael Tratner
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Mass Minds and Modernist Forms: Political, Aesthetic, and Psychological Theories -- 2. The Unconscious Enters History: Working-Class Women in To the Lighthouse, Ulysses, and The Strange Death of Liberal England -- 3. Leaving the Self at Home: The Voyage Out -- 4. "The Mob Part of the Mind": Sexuality and Immigrant Politics in the Early Poems of T. S. Eliot -- 5. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Fascist: Gabriele D'Annunzio's Political Influence on James Joyce -- 6. "The Birth of a New Species of Man... from Terror": Yeats's Poetics of Violence -- 7. Movements Unconscious of Their Destiny: The Culture of the Masses in The Waste Land -- 8. Social(ist) Institutions in Ulysses -- 9. Ideology and Literary Form in The Waves
Control code
ocm32271963
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 284 pages
Isbn
9780804725163
Lccn
95010586
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)32271963
  • (Sirsi) a580667
Label
Modernism and mass politics : Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, Michael Tratner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Mass Minds and Modernist Forms: Political, Aesthetic, and Psychological Theories -- 2. The Unconscious Enters History: Working-Class Women in To the Lighthouse, Ulysses, and The Strange Death of Liberal England -- 3. Leaving the Self at Home: The Voyage Out -- 4. "The Mob Part of the Mind": Sexuality and Immigrant Politics in the Early Poems of T. S. Eliot -- 5. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Fascist: Gabriele D'Annunzio's Political Influence on James Joyce -- 6. "The Birth of a New Species of Man... from Terror": Yeats's Poetics of Violence -- 7. Movements Unconscious of Their Destiny: The Culture of the Masses in The Waste Land -- 8. Social(ist) Institutions in Ulysses -- 9. Ideology and Literary Form in The Waves
Control code
ocm32271963
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 284 pages
Isbn
9780804725163
Lccn
95010586
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)32271963
  • (Sirsi) a580667

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