Modernism Today

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This book manifests at least four recent shifts and tendencies within Modernist studies in general that point at the expansion of this increasingly interdisciplinary field. First, Modernist studies has seen a temporal expansion, to the extent that scholars in the field have come to turn to both the pre- and posterior history of Modernism. Second, the field has witnessed a spatial expansion, in that increasingly so researchers have also come to scrutinize the Modernisms of regions at the fringes of Europe, and beyond. Thirdly, a vertical expansion too has marked Modernist studies in recent decades, not only by further expanding the canon of women writers and exploring the continuum between high- and lowbrow, but also by looking at the artistic and mediatized hierarchies and cross-fertilizations operative in the period. A fourth conceptual expansion of the field shows that whereas concepts such as “middlebrow”, “arrière-garde”, and to some extent even “avant-garde”, were once exotic notions of at best marginal importance in European Modernist studies, they now form part and parcel of the field, complicating and expanding it conceptually.

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Sascha Bru and Dirk de Geest: What Modernism Was and Is: By Way of an Introduction
Hans Bertens: Towards Modernism
Peter Liebregts: “The World Is a Fine Adventurous Place”: Graham Greene in the 1930s
Sjef Houppermans: Sorties or Entrenchment: Roussel, Crevel and Aragon between Avant-garde and Arrière-garde
Jacqueline Bel: Intellectual Scepticism versus Avant-garde Bragging: Modernism in Dutch Literature
Geert Buelens: “The Final Catholic”: Paul van Ostaijen, and the Catholic Réveil around the First World War
Koen Rymenants, Tom Sintobin and Pieter Verstraeten: Arrière-garde Perspectives on the History of Modern Literature: The Case of the Netherlands (1880-1940)
Arthur Langeveld: How Modernism Disappeared from Fedor Gladkov’s Cement between 1924 and 1958
Otto Boele: Biocosmism and the Russian Avant-garde: A Literary Cul-de-sac or the Road to Immortality?
Paulo de Medeiros: Ten Times Pessoa
Hero Hokwerda: Modernism in Greek Literature (1910-1940)
Jan Baetens: Fun Home: Ithaca, Pennsylvania
Peter Verstraten: A Modernist “Attempt at Cinema”: The “Impurity” of Pierrot le Fou
Peter de Voogd: Modernism and the Art of Printing: transition and Carolus Verhulst
Marcel Cobussen: The (Post)Modern Music of Edgard Varèse
Notes on Contributors
Index