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Modernism and the ordinary

Author: Liesl Olson; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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"In Modernism and the Ordinary, Liesl Olson overturns conventional accounts of the modernist period as primarily drawn toward the new, the transcendent, and the extraordinary. Olson shows how modernist writers were preoccupied, instead, with the unselfconscious actions of everyday life, even in times of political crisis and war. Experiences like walking to work, eating a sandwich, or mending a dress were often  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Olson, Liesl.
Modernism and the ordinary.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2008035628
(OCoLC)244354520
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Liesl Olson; Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 9780195368123 0195368126 9780199709724 0199709726
OCLC Number: 429508669
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 200 pages)
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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"In Modernism and the Ordinary, Liesl Olson overturns conventional accounts of the modernist period as primarily drawn toward the new, the transcendent, and the extraordinary. Olson shows how modernist writers were preoccupied, instead, with the unselfconscious actions of everyday life, even in times of political crisis and war. Experiences like walking to work, eating a sandwich, or mending a dress were often resistant to shock, and these daily activities presented a counter-force to the aesthetic of heightened affect with which the period is often associated"--Abstract.

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