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Out of Context: The Uses of Modernist Fiction

Michaela Bronstein


How do novels travel through time? How might they endure in a changing world in order to reach the unknowable readers of the future? Modernist writers were obsessed with questions like these, and eager for their books to reach out to people, times, and cultures beyond their own. In recent years, scholars of modernism have focused on pinning them down: putting these books in their context and these authors in their place. We do so because we fear that any ambition to reach the future will make literature disengaged, irresponsible, and apolitical. We worry that literature cannot escape its own m ... More

Keywords: Book, modernism, reading, literary influence, transhistorical, critique

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190655396
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190655396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michaela Bronstein, author
Assistant English Professor, Stanford University