Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence, Hardback Book

Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence Hardback


In this major new book, Vincent Sherry reveals a fresh continuity in literary history.

He traces the idea of decadence back to key events from the failures of the French Revolution to the cataclysm of the Great War.

This powerful work of literary criticism and literary history encompasses a rich trajectory that begins with an exposition of the English Romantic poets and ends with a re-evaluation of modernists as varied as W.

B. Yeats, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Rebecca West, Djuna Barnes, Samuel Beckett and, centrally, Ezra Pound and T.

S. Eliot. Sherry's hugely ambitious study will be essential reading for anyone working in modernist studies and twentieth-century literature more generally.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9781107079328



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