Modernism and Affect, Hardback Book

Modernism and Affect Hardback

Edited by Julie Taylor


This title reconsiders Modernism in the light of theory's 'affective turn'.

This book addresses an under researched area of modernist studies, reconsidering modernist attitudes towards feeling in the light of the humanities' turn to affect.

The 11 original chapters and chapter length introduction consider the affective dimensions of a range of forms and media - including literature, architecture, philosophy, dance, visual art, and design - tracing modernism from its origins in the 19th century to its afterlives in the postwar period.

Modernism and Affect engages with contemporary theories of affect but also turns to a surprisingly wide range of theoretical models - including psychoanalysis, phenomenology, critical theory and poststructuralism - as it emphasises the complexities of modernist affect and emotion.

It presents 11 original essays by international scholars exploring the relationships between modernism and affect.

It offers multi and interdisciplinary approach to modernist studies.

It challenges the assumption that modernism is marked by a lack of interest in the emotions.

It outlines influential theories of affect for scholars and students of modernist studies.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 11 b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
  • ISBN: 9780748693252

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