Modernism and Naturalism in British and Irish Fiction, 1880-1930 -

Modernism and Naturalism in British and Irish Fiction, 1880-1930

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This book argues that the history of literary modernism is inextricably connected with naturalism. Simon Joyce traces a complex response among aesthetes to the work of Emile Zola at the turn of the century, recovering naturalism's assumed compatibility with impressionism as a central cause of their ambivalence. Highlighting a little-studied strain of reflexive naturalism in which Zola's mode of analytical observation is turned upon the authors themselves, Joyce suggests that the confluence of naturalism and impressionism formed the precondition for so-called stream-of-consciousness writing. This style served to influence not only the work of canonical modernists such as Joyce and Woolf, but also that of lesser-known writers such as George Moore, Sarah Grand, and George Egerton.

Product code: 9781107083882

ISBN 9781107083882
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW157xS16
No. Of Pages 250
Publisher Cambridge University Press
In this volume, Simon Joyce examines the ways in which readers have come to view canonical modernists such as James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, showing how their work might be read in conjunction with lesser-known Irish and 'New Woman' novelists such as George Moore, Sarah Grand, and George Egerton.