The intersection between space and narrative has often aroused critical interest, especially in the cross-fertilization of language and imagination. In Modernist avant-garde culture this activity was particularly intense and turbulent. Not only did science and techlogy undergo sudden and rapid developments in the early twentieth century, but the powerful geopolitical movements of the time effectively redrew the maps of the Western world. The essays in this collection address the ways in which three generations of British and American artists responded to these ontological changes, as they were both literally and metaphorically 'thrown' on the roads. Drawing upon a new geographical awareness in the work of critics such as Michel de Certeau, Henri Lefebvre, Arjun Appadurai, Edward Soja and Doreen Massey, this book invites the reader to explore the disrupted territories of Modernism. It offers readings of places as diverse as William Faulkner's Mississippi , Virginia Woolf's Thames , Ford Madox Ford's Romney Marsh , W.H. Auden's Islands , Christopher Isherwood's Alternative Berlin and Ruben Martinez's Transfrontera . The writers in the volume explore a geography of edges, borders and trails and investigate the aesthetic modes fashioned by madic practices.
Giovanni Cianci is Professor of English Literature at the State University of Milan. He is the author of La Scuola di Cambridge and La Fortuna di Joyce in Italia. His most recent books are the co-edited volumes Ruskin and Modernism (2001) and T.S. Eliot and the Concept of Tradition (2007). Caroline Patey is Associate Professor of English Literature at the State University of Milan. Her recent books include Anglo-American Modernity and the Mediterranean (2006), Tra le lingue, tra i linguaggi: Cent'anni di Samuel Beckett (2007) and The Exhibit in the Text: The Museological Practices of Literature, co-edited with Laura Scuriatti (Peter Lang, 2009). Sara Sullam studied in Milan, Berlin and Berkeley and holds a degree in English and German literature. She wrote her MA thesis on the role of poetry in James Joyce's work and her PhD dissertation on Virginia Woolf. She has published articles on Joyce and William Carlos Williams.
Verlag Peter Lang
Date of Publication
Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship Between the Arts