The modernist nation : generation, renaissance, and twentieth-century American literature /
Michael Soto.
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2004.
x, 228 p.
0817313923 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2004.
0817313923 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Generational rhetoric and American avant-gardism -- Renaissance rhetoric and American cultural nationalism -- American modernism is born : the rise of the Bohemian artist narrative -- The modernist generation : growing up in the American race.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael Soto is Assistant Professor of English and Interim Director of African American Studies at Trinity University.
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Soto's study begins with "Inventing the Modern," a section that includes two chapters addressing "the place of generational and renaissance rhetoric in Euro-American intellectual history." Here, the cause-and-effect emphasis focuses on literary criticism that was/is the impetus for such critic-created contexts as "Lost Generation," "Harlem Renaissance," etc., categories in which now-canonical writers were first described then categorized. The two chapters in the second section, "Living the Modern," explain the social, political, economic, scientific, philosophical, and aesthetic influences that inspired avant-garde movements of artistic rebirth, which is the dominant metaphor of this study. Soto links diverse and often-oppositional writers under the umbrellas of "generation" and "renaissance," looking at what these terms mean. He writes that he "wanted to know ... how modernist movements in the United States have been symbolically imagined, and ... to map out the contours of the field.... How and why have these movements been introduced into academic discourse?" Soto includes "interracial dynamics" in his discussion. Among the authors studied: Malcolm Cowley, W.E.B Du Bois, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Gertrude Stein, Jack Kerouac. Soto's strategy of rebirth is interesting rather than compelling; it does provide a new perspective and definition of American modernism. ^BSumming Up: Upper-division undergraduates; graduate students. D. G. Izzo Fayetteville State University
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An examination into American literary modernism; accessing the origins of movements and demonstrating how terms were constructed.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: America, Modernism, and All that Jazzp. 1
Inventing the Modernp. 15
Generational Rhetoric and American Avant-Gardismp. 17
Renaissance Rhetoric and American Cultural Nationalismp. 57
Living the Modernp. 93
American Modernism Is Born: The Rise of the Bohemian Artist Narrativep. 95
The Modernist Generation: Growing Up in the American Racep. 139
Epilogue: Good-bye, Jazz Agep. 177
Notesp. 183
Works Citedp. 203
Indexp. 221
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