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Modern Sentimentalism: Affect, Irony, and Female Authorship in Interwar America

Lisa Mendelman


Modern Sentimentalism examines how American female novelists reinvented sentimentalism in the modernist period. Just as the birth of the modern woman has long been imagined as the death of sentimental feeling, modernist literary innovation has been understood to reject sentimental aesthetics. Modern Sentimentalism reframes these perceptions of cultural evolution. Taking up icons such as the New Woman, the flapper, the free lover, the New Negro woman, and the divorcée, this book argues that these figures embody aspects of a traditional sentimentality while also recognizing sentiment as incompat ... More

Keywords: modernism, sentimentalism, modern woman, New Woman, flapper, New Negro woman, affect, emotion, irony, interwar America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198849872
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198849872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Mendelman, author
Assistant Professor of English, Menlo College