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The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) Paperback – 3 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521535271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521535274
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This introduction explains in a readable, lively style how modernism emerged, how it is defined, and how it developed in different forms and genres. Illustrated with works of art and featuring suggestions for further study, this is the ideal introduction to understanding and enjoying modernist literature and art.

About the Author

Pericles Lewis is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University.

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I planned to read the introduction and just skim through the chapters of Pericles Lewis's Cambridge Guide to Modernism as part of preparing the background and contextual part of an upcoming lecture on neoliberalism and postmodernism. But I ended up spending the afternoon reading the book from cover to cover, so engaging, clear and stimulating is the writing. The author conveys the excitement and ongoing relevance of modernism, sets it in its historical context, but also underlines the many unanswered questions that remain and points to a diverse range of sources to look to for further ideas - just as a book that sets out to provide this sort of overview should do. Hugely useful and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Introduction to Modernism 22 Jun. 2008
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very complete, well-written, interesting to read, this introduction to Modernism is just what you're looking for, if you're interested in Modernism. It covers a lot of ground, and gives enough context, historical and otherwise, so that Modernism can be seen in perspective. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism reviewed 27 April 2011
By C.H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read portions of The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism by Pericles Lewis for a British Literature course. I have taken multiple literature and art history courses that have dealt with modernism, and I think this book truly captures the definition of modernism as a term and as a movement. It shed a lot of light on modernism not just in terms of the literature but in the culture as well. Much of the literature of this time was pushing the boundaries of what society allowed, I think because of the sense of disillusionment that was prevalent during the era. Lewis addresses this through the works of multiple authors. I also found the historical references helpful. The chapters discuss specific historical events and there is also a chronology in the back. Being able to put the various novels, short stories, and poems into historical context really helped me to get a grasp of what was inspiring these works.

Three points of criticism. First, there was too much information to take in from each chapter. I found it was best to read a little at a time. Second, I found it difficult to understand the charts. I had to rearrange them on separate sheets of paper to be able to fully comprehend them. Third, while it really did not bother me that the artwork was in black and white, I think that for those that have not been exposed to the art world it would have been beneficial to include a section of colored prints. I would recommend this book for a classroom setting. To me the benefits of how it is written far outweigh the problems.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A STUDENT'S VEIW 2 May 2011
By Mr. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hello, I am a graduating college student and I have read this book for a course of Modern British Literature. In my opinion, Pericles Lewis does a good job of squeezing a huge amount of information into a book of less than 300 pages. Therefore it moves fast, so you should explore each topic yourself as he also provides key suggestions for further reading within the chapters. There are even charts and tables with descriptions of the literary movements and this really makes it plain to understand. One thing about taking this class was that we had a three-hour class period and we only met once a week, giving us time to go home a read and then review and respond once we returned, I feel that in order to read this book you have to have time to read more than just this introduction. In this course we read parts of this book along with reading other literary works that went hand in hand with the time period and the main points of each chapter. This will help you get a better idea of what the author is writing about because you can see it through other examples of literature (beware of spoilers!). It is clear, well written, and it even has pictures (black and white yet still helpful) to give the reader a visual idea of what is being explained however, it is still just not amazing enough for me to read outside of a course assignment. Without the notes and summaries and discussion from the classroom, I would not have understood half as much as I did. So yes for the classroom, not-so-much for personal exploration.
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4.0 out of 5 stars forced into a good read 27 April 2011
By Michael Ak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is good for any college student (or anyone else) who is interested in the modernist period. I read a large portion of the book for a class, and the examples of Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, and T. S. Eliot as modernist authors were useful in understanding the different concepts found in the modernist time period. The avant-garde, realism and stream of consciousness were particularly well defined; prior to studying this book I was not familiar with these concepts. This book is difficult in the way it is written--when discussing stories the reader may not be familiar with, a lot of the analysis is hard to follow--but over time a reader can get used to the style. I really appreciated the information I obtained from this book, and I would recommend it to others.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pericles Lewis from a Student's Perspective 25 April 2011
By Elle Solace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am senior in college and I read a large portion of this book as required for a college course on Modern British Literature. The chapters we focused on were Chapters One ("Trials of Modernity"), Two ("Primitivists and Modernizers"), Three ("The Avant-Garde and Modernism"), Five ("Prose Fiction"), Seven ("Literature and Politics"), Six ("Drama"), and Conclusion ("after modernism?"), but on my own I also looked through the Preface and Introduction. As an undergraduate-level Introduction to Modernism, I believe Pericles Lewis' book does a fine job. Its strengths lie in the amount of detail Lewis goes into to elaborate his points, and his clear, almost colloquial, diction. It really felt like he was trying to clearly explain what is going on, not speaking above a students's level or using jargon. He also includes nifty charts that sum up the contents of specific chapters for easy reference, which are helpful when overviewing the chapter after having read it. But one large drawback to the book is that all of the pictures are in black and white. As literary Modernism was influenced by by visual art in this period, it is hard to get a clear idea of what the art stands for in grayscale. Also, if one is not entirely familiar with all of the works and authors of the time period, it may be difficult at first to put things into context. Lewis does try to offer brief explanations of who was who, but a lot of the time I felt that this information was skimmed over in favor of concrete literary analysis or a brief paraphrase of a work of literature. As an introductory text, Lewis's book should be writing from the assumption that his readers know absolutely nothing about the period. He gives away the endings of books and discusses critical points as if the reader had already read the work or was familiar with it, which, to me, would be more appropriate in a more advanced text. Overall, the book is well-written and offers a plethora of information, giving a clear historical perspective on the time period along with an analysis of the literary techniques commonly used by British modernist authors. I highly recommend it for any student or instructor interested in this time period.
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