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In Modernist Heresies, Damon Franke presents the discourse of heresy as central to the intellectual history of the origins of British modernism. The book examines heretical discourses from literature and culture of the fin de siècle and the Edwardian period in order to establish continuities between Victorian blasphemy and modernist obscenity by tracing the dialectic of heresy and orthodoxy, and the pragmatic shifting of both heterodox and authoritative discourses. Franke documents the untold history of the Cambridge Heretics Society and places the concerns of this discussion society in dialogue with contemporaneous literature by such authors as Pater, Hardy, Shaw, Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, and Orwell. Since several highly influential figures of the modernist literati were members of the Heretics or in dialogue with the group, heresy and its relation to synthesis now become crucial to an understanding of modernist aesthetics and ethics. From the 1880s through the 1920s, heresy commonly appears in literature as a discursive trope, and the literary mode of heresy shifts over the course of this time from one of syncretism to one based on the construction of modernist artificial or "synthetic" wholes. In Franke's work, the discourse of heresy comes forth as a forgotten dimension of the origins of modernism, one deeply entrenched in Victorian blasphemy and the crisis in faith, and one pointing to the censorship of modernist literature and some of the first doctrines of literary criticism.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Quotes
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Introduction: The Heretical Vintage of Modernism
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part 1. The Academy of Modern Heretics
  2. p. 23
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  1. 1. A Society of Heretics
  2. pp. 25-55
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  1. 2. The Early Years of the Cambridge Heretics, 1910-14
  2. pp. 56-75
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  1. 3. Aesthetics and the Modern Heretics
  2. pp. 76-102
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  1. Part 2. Modernist Literary Heresies
  2. p. 103
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  1. 4. Canonical Transformations
  2. pp. 105-141
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  1. 5. Literary Paganism and the Heresy of Syncretism
  2. pp. 142-173
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  1. 6. Fictions, Figurative Heresy, and the Roots of English
  2. pp. 174-196
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  1. After Words: The "Empires of the Mind" and the Control of Heresy
  2. pp. 197-217
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  1. Appendix. Meetings of the Heretics Society, Cambridge, 1909–24
  2. pp. 219-229
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-239
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 241-250
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271919
Related ISBN
9780814210741
MARC Record
OCLC
1083110355
Pages
258
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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