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Modernism is the literature of celebrity

Author: Jonathan Goldman
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011.
Series: Literary modernism series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Filled with insights into the works of Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Charlie Chaplin, Jean Rhys, and John Dos Passos, this is a provocative new reading of the relationship between  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Goldman
ISBN: 9780292723399 0292723393
OCLC Number: 658200628
Description: x, 204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: modernism is the literature of celebrity: critical problem solving: modernism and popular culture; the field of modernism and the culture of celebrity; considering celebrity; why modernism is the literature of celebrity --
Oscar Wilde, fashioning fame: copying oneself; judging by appearances in Dorian Gray; the tragic commodity; deep thoughts: embodying the subject in De profundis --
James Joyce and modernist exceptionalism: styling the author; "peeping and prying into greenroom gossip of the day"; "famous son of a famous father": author, character, Holy Ghost; the dream of immateriality; E.T.: the extra-textual; the ghost of the author --
Gertrude Stein, everybody's celebrity: elite by association; unstable values; the trademark of time; name of constant value; a democracy of one --
Charlie Chaplin, author of modernist celebrity: happy endings; an author is born; sign of the times; the object of celebrity --
Rhys, the obscure: the literature of celebrity at the margins --
Epilogue. "Everybody who was anybody was there": after modernism, after celebrity, John Dos Passos.
Series Title: Literary modernism series.
Responsibility: Jonathan Goldman.

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"Goldman's thesis is ably pursued and very useful. He situates 'celebrity' as the 'missing link' between high and low culture in modernism, and I think he has a point." -- Garry Leonard, University Read more...

 
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