American and European Literary Imagination by John McCormick

By John McCormick

Western tradition consists of a sophisticated and intricate mix of affects: spiritual, philosophical, linguistic, political, social, and sociological. American tradition is a specific pressure, yet except ecu antecedents and modern leanings are duly famous, any ensuing background is predestined to provincialism and distortion. In his account of yankee literature throughout the interval 1919 to 1932, McCormick offers with the intense paintings of artists who wrested creative order from an international during which the abyss was once by no means out of sight. McCormick's quantity is meant as a serious, instead of encyclopedic heritage of literature on each side of the Atlantic among the top of worldwide conflict I and the political and social crises that arose within the Thirties. even though he emphasizes American writers, the emergence of an essential and highly glossy American literature is found within the cultural come upon with Europe and the rejection of nationwide bias by way of the main figures of the interval. McCormick offers with Gertrude Stein and the mythology of the "lost generation," the tensions and ambivalences of traditionalism and modernity within the paintings of Sherwood Anderson and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the influence and traits of Hemingway's variety in comparison to that of Henry de Montherlant, and the provincial iconoclasm of Sinclair Lewis juxtaposed with the extra telling satire of Italo Svevo. The formal options within the paintings of John Dos Passos, E.E. Cummings, and William Faulkner, the poetic revolution opposed to cultural parochialism and genteel romanticism is given large attention with reference to the paintings of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore also are mentioned. The concluding chapters speak about literary and social feedback and examine the impression of psychoanalysis, philosophical pragmatism, and radical historiography at the highbrow weather of the interval. lecturers and scholars in English and American Literature, American historical past, and Comparative Literature, and the overall reader drawn to the writing of the interval, may possibly achieve new insights from those valuations, devaluations, and re-evaluations. This variation contains a new advent by means of the writer.

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