The Resource Cosmopolitan style : modernism beyond the nation, Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Cosmopolitan style : modernism beyond the nation, Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Label
Cosmopolitan style : modernism beyond the nation
Title
Cosmopolitan style
Title remainder
modernism beyond the nation
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this broad-ranging and ambitious intervention in the debates over the politics, ethics, and aesthetics of cosmopolitanism, Rebecca L. Walkowitz argues that modernist literary style has been crucial to new ways of thinking and acting beyond the nation. While she focuses on modernist narrative, Walkowitz suggests that style conceived expansively as attitude, stance, posture, and consciousness helps to explain many other, nonliterary formations of cosmopolitanism in history, anthropology, sociology, transcultural studies, and media studies. Walkowitz shows that James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, and W.G. Sebald use the salient features of literary modernism in their novels to explore different versions of transnational thought, question moral and political norms, and renovate the meanings of national culture and international attachment. By deploying literary tactics of naturalness, triviality, evasion, mix-up, treason, and vertigo, these six authors promote ideas of democratic individualism on the one hand and collective projects of antifascism or anti-imperialism on the other. Joyce, Conrad, and Woolf made their most significant contribution to this "critical cosmopolitanism" in their reflection on the relationships between narrative and political ideas of progress, aesthetic and social demands for literalism, and sexual and conceptual decorousness. Specifically, Walkowitz considers Joyce's critique of British imperialism and Irish nativism; Conrad's understanding of the classification of foreigners; and Woolf's exploration of how colonizing policies rely on ideas of honor and masculinity. Rushdie, Ishiguro, and Sebald have revived efforts to question the definitions and uses of naturalness, argument, utility, attentiveness, reasonableness, and explicitness, but their novels also address a range of "new ethnicities" in late-twentieth-century Britain and the different internationalisms of contemporary life. They use modernist strategies to articulate dynamic conceptions of local and global affiliation, with Rushdie in particular adding playfulness and confusion to the politics of antiracism. In this unique and engaging study, Walkowitz shows how Joyce, Conrad, and Woolf developed a repertoire of narrative strategies at the beginning of the twentieth century that were transformed by Rushdie, Ishiguro, and Sebald at the end. Her book brings to the forefront the artful idiosyncrasies and political ambiguities of twentieth-century modernist fiction
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
823/.9109112
Index
index present
LC call number
PR888.M63
LC item number
W35 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Cosmopolitan style : modernism beyond the nation, Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-220) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Critical cosmopolitanism and modernist narrative. -- pt. 1. Cosmopolitan modernism. Conrad's naturalness ; Joyce's triviality ; Woolf's evasion. -- pt. 2. Modernist cosmopolitanism. Ishiguro's treason ; Rushdie's mix-up ; Sebald's vertigo
Control code
ocm71340019
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 231 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231510530
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9780231137515
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Publisher number
EB00639482
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not applicable
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.b24266772
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)71340019
  • pebcs0231137508

Library Locations

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