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Autonomy, Difficulty, and the Work of Literature in Wyndham Lewis's Tarr and Andre Gide's the Counterfeiters

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Stinson, E, Autonomy, Difficulty, and the Work of Literature in Wyndham Lewis's Tarr and Andre Gide's the Counterfeiters, Modernist Work Labor, Aesthetics, and the Work of Art, Bloomsbury Publishing, J Attridge and H Rydstrand (ed), New York, pp. 35-48. ISBN 9781501344015 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]


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Abstract

This chapter examines the relationship between modernist claims of autonomy and modernist arguments for the value of difficulty as a literary mode. It argues that modernist autonomy claims should be viewed not as monolithic dismissals of any purpose, for the work of art, but rather as the contextual disavowal of specific connections between the work of art and the world. Moreover, these highly contextual autonomy claims are often intentionally provocative rather than descriptive. Through an analysis of Andre Gide's Counterfeiters and Wyndham Lewis's Tarr, it examines how these modernists claims of autonomy are often placed in dialogic contexts that problematize and ironize them. This is no longer an austere and monolithic modernist work that seeks to stand apart from the social, but a provocative and self-reflexive work that places absurd and hyperbolic autonomy claims within a dialogic structure.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Wyndham Lewis, Andre Gide, modernism, autonomy
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Other European literature
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Stinson, E (Dr Emmett Stinson)
ID Code:152078
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:English
Deposited On:2022-08-11
Last Modified:2022-09-27
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