Great War Modernisms and 'The New Age' Magazine

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Abstract

The literary magazine The New Age brought together a diverse set of intellectuals. Against the backdrop of the First World War, they chose to write about more than modernist art and aesthetics. By closely reading and contextualizing their contributions, Paul Jackson's study engages with the political and philosophical responses of literary artists to modernity. Jackson demonstrates the need to interpret modernism not merely as an aesthetic phenomenon, but inherently linked to politics and philosophy.
By placing the writing of a canonical modernist, Wyndham Lewis, against a figure usually excluded from the modernist canon, H.G. Wells, Jackson examines further a wartime modernism that embraced socialist and political views. This reinterpretation of modernism provides a historicised understanding of the politicised hopes of artists promoting revolutionary forms of cultural renewal. Considering modernist writers' relationship between politics, philosophy and aesthetics in the context of total war Jackson encourages new cultural-historical definitions of modernism. In addition, this study provides the first close analysis of cultural contributions from a leading wartime Little Magazine, tracing the radical modernist debates that developed in its pages.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherContinuum
Number of pages184
ISBN (Print)9781441180087
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2012

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