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Modernism and mass politics : Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, Michael Tratner

Label
Modernism and mass politics : Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats
Title
Modernism and mass politics
Title remainder
Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats
Statement of responsibility
Michael Tratner
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In the first two decades of the twentieth century, a new phenomenon swept politics: the masses. Groups that had struggled as marginal parts of the political system - particularly workers and women - suddenly exploded into vast and seemingly unstoppable movements
  • A whole subgenre of sociological-political treatises purporting to analyze the mass mind emerged all over Europe, particularly in England. All these texts drew heavily on the theories put forth in The Crowd, written in 1895 by the French writer Gustave Le Bon and translated into English in 1897. Le Bon developed the idea that when a crowd forms, a whole new kind of mentality, hovering on the borderline of unconsciousness, replaces the conscious personalities of individuals. His descriptions should seem uncanny to literary critics, because they sound as if he were describing modernist literary techniques, such as the focus on images and the "stream of consciousness." Equally important was Georges Sorel's Reflections on Violence (1906), which sought to turn Le Bon's theories into a methodology for producing mass movements by invoking the importance of myth to theories of the mass mind
  • Examining in detail the surprising similarities between modernist literature and contemporary theories of the crowd, this work upsets many critical commonplaces concerning the character of literary modernism. Through careful reading of major works of the novelists Joyce and Woolf (traditionally viewed as politically leftist) and the poets Eliot and Yeats (traditionally viewed as politically to the right), it shows that many modernist literary forms in all these authors emerged out of efforts to write in the idiom of the crowd mind. Modernism was not a rejection of mass culture, but rather an effort to produce a mass culture, perhaps for the first time - to produce a culture distinctive to the twentieth century, which Le Bon called "The Era of the Crowd."
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Tratner, Michael
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR478.P64
LC item number
T73 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Joyce, James
  • Woolf, Virginia
  • Eliot, T. S.
  • Yeats, W. B.
  • Eliot, Thomas Stearns
  • Yeats, William Butler
  • Joyce, James
  • Woolf, Virginia
  • Eliot, T. S.
  • Yeats, W. B.
  • Eliot, T. S.
  • Joyce, James
  • Woolf, Virginia
  • Yeats, W. B.
  • Joyce, James
  • Woolf, Virginia
  • Eliot, Thomas Stearns
  • Yeats, William Butler
  • Eliot, Thomas S
  • Yeats, William B
  • Joyce, James
  • Woolf, Virginia
  • English literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Literature and society
  • Popular culture
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Collective behavior in literature
  • Crowds in literature
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Politique et littérature
  • Littérature et société
  • Culture populaire
  • Modernisme (Littérature)
  • Foules dans la littérature
  • Collective behavior in literature
  • Crowds in literature
  • English literature
  • Literature and society
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Political and social views
  • Politics and literature
  • Popular culture
  • Letterkunde
  • Populaire cultuur
  • Politiek
  • Modernisme (cultuur)
  • Littérature et société
  • Modernisme (littérature)
  • Politique et littérature
  • Culture de masse
  • Gesellschaft <Motiv>
  • Masse <Motiv>
  • Great Britain
Label
Modernism and mass politics : Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, Michael Tratner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • Leaving the self at home : The voyage out
  • 4. "The mob part of the mind" : sexuality and immigrant politics in the early poems of T.S. Eliot
  • 5.
  • A portrait of the artist as a young fascist : Gabriele D'Annunzio's political influence on James Joyce
  • pt. 3.
  • Joining the masses:
  • 6.
  • "The birth of a new species of man ... from terror" : Yeats's poetics of violence
  • 7.
  • pt. 1.
  • Movements unconscious of their destiny : the culture of the masses in The waste land
  • 8. Social(ist) institutions in Ulysses
  • 9.
  • Ideology and literary form in The waves
  • Contexts:
  • 1.
  • Mass minds and modernist forms : political, aesthetic, and psychological theories
  • 2.
  • The unconscious enters history : working-class women in To the lighthouse, Ulysses, and The strange death of Liberal England
  • pt. 2.
  • Fearing the masses:
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 284 pages
Isbn
9780804725163
Lccn
95010586
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)32271963
  • (OCoLC)ocm32271963
Label
Modernism and mass politics : Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, Michael Tratner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • Leaving the self at home : The voyage out
  • 4. "The mob part of the mind" : sexuality and immigrant politics in the early poems of T.S. Eliot
  • 5.
  • A portrait of the artist as a young fascist : Gabriele D'Annunzio's political influence on James Joyce
  • pt. 3.
  • Joining the masses:
  • 6.
  • "The birth of a new species of man ... from terror" : Yeats's poetics of violence
  • 7.
  • pt. 1.
  • Movements unconscious of their destiny : the culture of the masses in The waste land
  • 8. Social(ist) institutions in Ulysses
  • 9.
  • Ideology and literary form in The waves
  • Contexts:
  • 1.
  • Mass minds and modernist forms : political, aesthetic, and psychological theories
  • 2.
  • The unconscious enters history : working-class women in To the lighthouse, Ulysses, and The strange death of Liberal England
  • pt. 2.
  • Fearing the masses:
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 284 pages
Isbn
9780804725163
Lccn
95010586
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)32271963
  • (OCoLC)ocm32271963

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