Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 15, 1997 - Art - 244 pages
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The essence of Modernism - the aesthetic and intellectual movement that virtually reinvented art and literature at the turn of the twentieth century - is the thrust of the latest volume from Daniel R. Schwarz. In Reconfiguring Modernism, Schwarz suggests diverse directions for studying the relationship between modern art and modern literature. Bringing together thirty years of experience on the subject and drawing upon specific texts and paintings, Schwarz proposes interrelationships between such striking pairs of artists as Gauguin and Joseph Conrad, Manet and Henry James, and Cezanne and T. S. Eliot, as well as a triptych consisting of Picasso, Stevens, and Joyce. He focuses on the high Modernist period from 1890 to 1940 and examines the way in which we "read" paintings as narrative. Reconfiguring Modernism provocatively discusses the reading of intertextual relationships between modern painters and modern authors, and sheds new light on the influence of African, Asian, and Pacific cultures on European Modernism.

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Daniel R. Schwarz is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1968. He is the author of the recent "In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century" (2008) in the prestigious Blackwell Manifesto series, " Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930" (2004), " Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture" (2003), as well as the widely read "Imagining the Holocaust" (1999). His prior books include "Rereading Conrad" (2001); "Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature" (1997); "Narrative and Representation in Wallace Stevens" (1993), a Choice selection for best academic book of 1993;" The Case for a Humanistic Poetics" (1991); "The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930" (1989; revised 1995); "Reading Joyce's "Ulysses"" (Second Edition, 2004); "The Humanistic Heritage: Critical Theories of the English Novel from James to Hillis Miller" (1986); "Conrad: The Later Fiction" (1982); "Conrad: "Almayer's Folly" through "Under Western Eyes"" (1980); and "Disraeli's Fiction" (1979). He has edited Joyce's" The Dead" (1994) and Conrad's "The Secret Sharer" (1997) in the Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series, and was coeditor of "Narrative and Culture" (1994). He has also edited the Penguin" Damon Runyon" (2008). He served as consulting editor of the six-volume edition of "The Early Novels of Benjamin Disraeli" (2004) for which he wrote the General Introduction. He is General Editor of the multivolume critical series "Reading the Novel" for which he wrote "Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930" (2004) and is now writing "Reading the European Novel". A founding member and former president of the society for the Study of Narrative Literature, he has published dozens of scholarly articles on British and American fiction and literary theory. Among his books are studies on Disraeli and Conrad as well as "Reading Joyce's ULYSSES; The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930"; and "The Case for a Humanistic Poetics.

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