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Modernism and the ordinary

Author: Liesl Olson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study overturns conventional accounts of the modernist period as primarily drawn toward the new, the transcendent, and the extraordinary. Liesl Olson shows how modernist writers were preoccupied, instead, with the unselfconscious actions of everyday life, even in times of political crisis and war.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Liesl Olson
ISBN: 9780195368123 0195368126 9780199349784 0199349789
OCLC Number: 244354520
Description: xiii, 200 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. The paradox of the ordinary --
Everyday life theory --
The nineteenth century and the everyday --
Ordinary life and modern war --
James Joyce and the realism of the ordinary. Ibsen and epiphany --
The lists of Ulysses --
Virginia Woolf and the "cotton wool of daily life". --
Poetry versus prose --
Mrs. Dalloway --
Facts and things --
Gertrude Stein, William James, and habit in the shadow of war. Habit : "the enormous fly-wheel of society" --
"Suspended in time" --
A "perfectly ordinary couple living an ordinary life" --
Wallace Stevens's commonplace. The normal poet --
"An ordinary evening in New Haven" --
Conclusion. Beginnings and endings : Proust's temporality and the everyday.
Responsibility: Liesl Olson.
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