Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
Volume 46, Number 4, December 2013
pp. 75-90 | 10.1353/mos.2013.0036
This essay considers anti-heroism as a response to modern man’s uncertainties about traditional values and as a feature of modernity’s zeitgeist. Modern anti-heroism captures the sensibility associated with modernism, with its attempts at cultural renewal, and it ranges between the low mimetic and the ironic mode.