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Literary History of the Contemporary

Literary History of the Contemporary THOM DANCER David James, Modernist Futures: Innovation and Inheritance in the Contemporary Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 233 pp. $95.00. t might be best to consider David James's Modernist Futures: Innovation and Inheritance in the Contemporary Novel as foremost a work of literary history and an argument for its value for literary studies. The most interesting and valuable insights of James's book lie in the area of critical methods, particularly in the examples that his reading practices provide. With its interest in technique and craft, Modernist Futures can also be seen as a kind of New Formalist literary history-- that is, a history that combines politics with a close attention to aesthetic form. Aside from the study of "influence," serious literary history has largely fallen out of favor. This neglect is in part a result of literary history being seen as inherently conservative, as primarily a vehicle for promoting and policing a strict canon. In regard to the postwar era, the issue is compounded by the fact that the literature of the last fifty or sixty years is often thought not to have a history (or rather, because its history is our history, it is an already http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Literature University of Wisconsin Press

Literary History of the Contemporary

Contemporary Literature , Volume 54 (3) – Nov 25, 2013

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THOM DANCER David James, Modernist Futures: Innovation and Inheritance in the Contemporary Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 233 pp. $95.00. t might be best to consider David James's Modernist Futures: Innovation and Inheritance in the Contemporary Novel as foremost a work of literary history and an argument for its value for literary studies. The most interesting and valuable insights of James's book lie in the area of critical methods, particularly in the examples that his reading practices provide. With its interest in technique and craft, Modernist Futures can also be seen as a kind of New Formalist literary history-- that is, a history that combines politics with a close attention to aesthetic form. Aside from the study of "influence," serious literary history has largely fallen out of favor. This neglect is in part a result of literary history being seen as inherently conservative, as primarily a vehicle for promoting and policing a strict canon. In regard to the postwar era, the issue is compounded by the fact that the literature of the last fifty or sixty years is often thought not to have a history (or rather, because its history is our history, it is an already

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Contemporary LiteratureUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Nov 25, 2013

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