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Justus Nieland, Feeling Modern: The Eccentricities of Public Life (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008). xv+313pp (paper).

Justus Nieland, Feeling Modern: The Eccentricities of Public Life (Urbana and Chicago: University... 3. Cheryl J. Plumb, Nightwood: The Original Version and Related Drafts (London: Dalkey Archive Press, 1995). 4. Hank O’Neal, Djuna Barnes: ‘Life is Painful, Nasty and Short . . . In My Case It Has Only Been Painful and Nasty’ (New York: Paragon, 1990), p. 174. 5. Djuna Barnes, Nightwood (London: Faber, 1985), p. 89. Justus Nieland, Feeling Modern: The Eccentricities of Public Life (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008). xv+313pp (paper). Occasionally a book emerges in Modernist studies of such conceptual originality that the categories it introduces prove as important as the analyses mustered in their support. Sianne Ngai’s Ugly Feelings (Harvard University Press, 2005), which introduced the idea of minor aesthetic affects, was one such achievement. Justus Nieland’s Feeling Modern, an often brilliant if at times frustrating foray into Modernism and the affective realm, is another. Nieland aims not simply to reclaim the realm of sentiment and feeling often bracketed in the critical reception of Modernist fiction, art and film, but to redraw the lines supposedly dividing emotion as part of a merely private or monadic realm from its manifestation through different modes of being in public. Nieland calls this state ‘publicness’, to differentiate http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Justus Nieland, Feeling Modern: The Eccentricities of Public Life (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008). xv+313pp (paper).

Modernist Cultures , Volume 5 (2): 347 – Oct 1, 2010

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press 2010
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Book Reviews; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
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2041-1022
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1753-8629
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10.3366/mod.2010.0110
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3. Cheryl J. Plumb, Nightwood: The Original Version and Related Drafts (London: Dalkey Archive Press, 1995). 4. Hank O’Neal, Djuna Barnes: ‘Life is Painful, Nasty and Short . . . In My Case It Has Only Been Painful and Nasty’ (New York: Paragon, 1990), p. 174. 5. Djuna Barnes, Nightwood (London: Faber, 1985), p. 89. Justus Nieland, Feeling Modern: The Eccentricities of Public Life (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008). xv+313pp (paper). Occasionally a book emerges in Modernist studies of such conceptual originality that the categories it introduces prove as important as the analyses mustered in their support. Sianne Ngai’s Ugly Feelings (Harvard University Press, 2005), which introduced the idea of minor aesthetic affects, was one such achievement. Justus Nieland’s Feeling Modern, an often brilliant if at times frustrating foray into Modernism and the affective realm, is another. Nieland aims not simply to reclaim the realm of sentiment and feeling often bracketed in the critical reception of Modernist fiction, art and film, but to redraw the lines supposedly dividing emotion as part of a merely private or monadic realm from its manifestation through different modes of being in public. Nieland calls this state ‘publicness’, to differentiate

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2010

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