Modernist Experiments in Genre Media and Transatlantic Print Culture

Examining works by Henry James, Jean Toomer, Djuna Barnes, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf, Jennifer Sorensen argues that the formal strategies of modernist texts can only be fully understood in the context of the material forms and ...

Author: Jennifer Julia Sorensen

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The years from 1890 through 1935 witnessed an explosion of print, both in terms of the variety of venues for publication and in the vast circulation figures and the quantity of print forums. Arguing that the formal strategies of modernist texts can only be fully understood in the context of the material forms and circuits of print culture through which they were produced and distributed, Jennifer Sorensen shows how authors and publishers conceptualized the material text as an object, as a body, and as an ontological problem. She examines works by Henry James, Jean Toomer, Djuna Barnes, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf, showing that they understood acts of reading as materially mediated encounters. Sorensen draws on recent textual theory, media theory, archival materials, and paratexts such as advertisements, illustrations, book designs, drafts, diaries, dust jackets, notes, and frontispieces, to demonstrate how these writers radically redefined literary genres and refashioned the material forms through which their literary experiments reached the public. Placing the literary text at the center of inquiry while simultaneously expanding the boundaries of what counts as that, Sorensen shows that modernist generic and formal experimentation was deeply engaged with specific print histories that generated competitive media ecologies of competition and hybridization.

Modernist Experiments in Genre Media and Transatlantic Print Culture

A number of essay collections and special issues speak to this development: Transatlantic Print Culture, 1880–1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms, Leonard and Virginia Woolf: The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism, ...

Author: Jennifer Julia Sorensen

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317094548

Category: Literary Criticism

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The years from 1890 through 1935 witnessed an explosion of print, both in terms of the variety of venues for publication and in the vast circulation figures and the quantity of print forums. Arguing that the formal strategies of modernist texts can only be fully understood in the context of the material forms and circuits of print culture through which they were produced and distributed, Jennifer Sorensen shows how authors and publishers conceptualized the material text as an object, as a body, and as an ontological problem. She examines works by Henry James, Jean Toomer, Djuna Barnes, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf, showing that they understood acts of reading as materially mediated encounters. Sorensen draws on recent textual theory, media theory, archival materials, and paratexts such as advertisements, illustrations, book designs, drafts, diaries, dust jackets, notes, and frontispieces, to demonstrate how these writers radically redefined literary genres and refashioned the material forms through which their literary experiments reached the public. Placing the literary text at the center of inquiry while simultaneously expanding the boundaries of what counts as that, Sorensen shows that modernist generic and formal experimentation was deeply engaged with specific print histories that generated competitive media ecologies of competition and hybridization.

Modernism s Print Cultures

Sorensen, Jennifer J. Modernist Experiments in Genre, Media, and Transatlantic Print Culture. Farnham: Ashgate, 2016. Southworth, Helen. 'The Bloomsbury Group and the Book Arts'. The Cambridge Companion to the Bloomsbury Group.

Author: Faye Hammill

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472573278

Category: Literary Collections

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The print culture of the early twentieth century has become a major area of interest in contemporary Modernist Studies. Modernism's Print Cultures surveys the explosion of scholarship in this field and provides an incisive, well-informed guide for students and scholars alike. Surveying the key critical work of recent decades, the book explores such topics as: - Periodical publishing – from 'little magazines' such as Rhythm to glossy publications such as Vanity Fair - The material aspects of early twentieth-century publishing – small presses, typography, illustration and book design - The circulation of modernist print artefacts through the book trade, libraries, book clubs and cafes - Educational and political print initiatives Including accounts of archival material available online, targeted lists of key further reading and a survey of new trends in the field, this is an essential guide to an important area in the study of modernist literature.

Wastepaper Modernism

Jennifer Sorensen , Modernist Experiments in Genre , Media , and Transatlantic Print Culture ( New York : Routledge , 2017 ) , 1. See also George Bornstein , Material Modernism : The Politics of the Page ( Cambridge : Cambridge ...

Author: Joseph Elkanah Rosenberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192593672

Category: Literary Criticism

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From Henry James' fascination with burnt manuscripts to destroyed books in the fiction of the Blitz; from junk mail in the work of Elizabeth Bowen to bureaucratic paperwork in Vladimir Nabokov; modern fiction is littered with images of tattered and useless paper that reveal an increasingly uneasy relationship between literature and its own materials over the course of the twentieth-century. Wastepaper Modernism argues that these images are vital to our understanding of modernism, disclosing an anxiety about textual matter that lurks behind the desire for radically different modes of communication. At the same time that writers were becoming infatuated with new technologies like the cinema and the radio, they were also being haunted by their own pages. Having its roots in the late-nineteenth century, but finding its fullest constellation in the wake of the high modernist experimentation with novelistic form, "wastepaper modernism" arises when fiction imagines its own processes of transmission and representation breaking down. When the descriptive capabilities of the novel exhaust themselves, the wastepaper modernists picture instead the physical decay of the book's own primary matter. Bringing together book history and media theory with detailed close reading, Wastepaper Modernism reveals modernist literature's dark sense of itself as a ruin in the making.

Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry

For my argument about how the Boni & Liveright marketing helps us to read Barnes's A Book, see Sorensen, Modernist Experiments in Genre, Media, and Transatlantic Print Culture. 34. Here I have quoted the complete text from the internal ...

Author: Lise Jaillant

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474440820

Category: Literary Criticism

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Publishing houses are nearly invisible in modernist studies. Looking beyond little magazines and other periodicals, this collection highlights the importance of book publishers in the diffusion of modernism. It also participates in the transnational turn in modernist studies, demonstrating that book publishers created new markets for modernist texts in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world.

Teaching Modernist Women s Writing in English

The Mansfield advertisement was printed in The Sphere, 6 November 1920, and is available at the British Newspaper Archive (www1.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk). ... Modernist Experiments in Genre, Media, and Transatlantic Print Culture.

Author: Janine Utell

Publisher: Modern Language Association

ISBN: 9781603294874

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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As authors and publishers, individuals and collectives, women significantly shaped the modernist movement. While figures such as Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein have received acclaim, authors from marginalized communities and those who wrote for mass, middlebrow audiences also created experimental and groundbreaking work. The essays in this volume explore formal aspects and thematic concerns of modernism while also challenging rigid notions of what constitutes literary value as well as the idea of a canon with fixed boundaries. The essays contextualize modernist women's writing in the material and political concerns of the early twentieth century and in life on the home front during wartime. They consider the original print contexts of the works and propose fresh digital approaches for courses ranging from high school through graduate school. Suggested assignments provide opportunities for students to write creatively and critically, recover forgotten literary works, and engage with their communities.

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pictorial Text

... Dickens' Great Expectations A Cultural Life, 1860–2012 Mary Hammond Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford A Publishing History Thomas Recchio Modernist Experiments in Genre, Media, and Transatlantic Print Culture Jennifer Sorensen Emery-Peck ...

Author: Richard J. Hill

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317062172

Category: Literary Criticism

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Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pictorial Text explores the genesis, production and the critical appreciation of the illustrations to the fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson is one of the most copied and interpreted authors of the late nineteenth century, especially his novels Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. These interpretations began with the illustration of his texts in their early editions, often with Stevenson’s express consent, and this book traces Stevenson’s understanding and critical responses to the artists employed to illustrate his texts. In doing so, it attempts to position Stevenson as an important thinker and writer on the subject of illustrated literature, and on the marriage of literature and visual arts, at a moment preceding the dawn of cinema, and the rejection of such popular tropes by modernist writers of the early twentieth century.

Modernist Literary Collaborations Between Women and Men

Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus: The Original Two-Volume Novel of – from the Bodleian Library Manuscripts. ... Sorensen, Jennifer J. Modernist Experiments in Genre, Media, and Transatlantic Print Culture.

Author: Russell McDonald

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316512654

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book examines literary collaborations between women and men, revealing how deeply imbued and valuable gender conflict was in modernism.

Against Anarchy

By thus reformulating cultural identity as a task (accomplished by the demarcation of a contingent sphere in which to engage in ever-failing attempts of ... Modernist Experiments in Genre, Media, and Transatlantic Print Culture.

Author: Cord-Christian Casper

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110645873

Category: History

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'Against Anarchy' investigates the function of Anarchism in Early Modernist political fiction. The study explains how political novels from 1886 to 1911 narrate and evaluate the function of Anarchists as embodiments of a radical space beyond politics. The literary prevalence of Anarchists has so far not been connected systematically to its literary and political functions. The study addresses this research gap in detailed analyses of a radical theme in narratives by Joseph Conrad, Henry James, and G.K. Chesterton. It shows that each novel presents strategies of demarcation that allow turn-of-the-century Britain to project its cultural anxieties upon an imagined other, the dreaded figure labelled ‘Anarchist’. The political radical is set up as the foil against which comforting self-descriptions can be maintained. Rather than merely reproducing this boundary work, however, the novels also evaluate its function, both for the respective political system and for their own narrative capabilities — and present the consequences incurred by the loss of an anarchist outside. 'Against Anarchy' is a thorough cultural historiography of the politically other and marginal. At the same time, the study demonstrates that close attention to the specific literary image of Anarchism allows for a re-evaluation of political thought beyond its immediate historical moment — a literary political theory in its own right.

The Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group

Modernist Experiments in Genre, Media, and Transatlantic Print Culture. New York: Routledge, 2017. Southworth, Helen. Leonard and Virginia Woolf, the Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2010.

Author: Derek Ryan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350014923

Category: History

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The Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group is the most comprehensive available survey of contemporary scholarship on the Bloomsbury Group – the set of influential writers, artists and thinkers whose members included Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, E.M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes, Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, Duncan Grant and David Garnett. With chapters written by world leading scholars in the field, the book explores novel avenues of thinking about these pivotal figures and their works opened up by the new modernist studies. It brings together overview essays with detailed illustrative case studies, and covers topics as diverse as feminism, sexuality, empire, philosophy, class, nature and the arts. Setting the agenda for future study of Bloomsbury, this is an essential resource for scholars of 20th-century modernist culture.