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The Great War and the Language of Modernism

Vincent Sherry


What basis did the Great War of 1914-1918 provide for the verbal inventiveness of “modernist” poetry and fiction? This book reopens this long unanswered question with a work of original historical scholarship. It directs attention to the public culture of the English war. It reads the discourses through which the Liberal party constructed its Cause, its Great Campaign. A breakdown in the established language of liberal modernity—the idiom of Public Reason—marks the sizeable crisis this event represents in the mainstream traditions of post-Reformation Europe. Identifying it as such, the book ou ... More

Keywords: literary modernism, liberal modernity, Great War, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Liberalism, rationalism, Enlightenment, Public Reason

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178180
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178180.001.0001


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Vincent Sherry, author
Villanova University
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