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Satirizing Frameless Art: Wyndham Lewis’s Defense of Representation

Lisa Siraganian

in Modernism’s Other Work: The Art Object’s Political Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199796557
eISBN:
9780199932542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796557.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Wyndham Lewis argues that the beholder’s irrelevance to the work’s meaning implies a number of philosophical, aesthetic, and political positions in modernity. This chapter explores how Lewis defends ... More


The Novel at the Bar: Joyce, Lewis, and Libel

Sean Latham

in The Art of Scandal: Modernism, Libel Law, and the Roman à Clef

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195379990
eISBN:
9780199869053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379990.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores the way James Joyce and Wyndham Lewis negotiated the legal consequences of their narrative experiments with libel and defamation in key romans à clef like Ulysses and The Apes ... More


Satirical Auto/biografiction: Wyndham Lewis and Richard Aldington

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter asks whether the kind of reading offered in the previous chapter disarms the possibility of modernist satire, deflecting our attention from criticism to autobiography. It discusses two ... More


My life being so difficult a one to live: Wyndham Lewis

Jerome Boyd Maunsell

in Portraits from Life: Modernist Novelists and Autobiography

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198789369
eISBN:
9780191831232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198789369.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries), 20th-century Literature and Modernism

An account of Wyndham Lewis’s career as a portrait painter opens this chapter, with a focus on the many self-portraits he painted during his life. The theme of the difference between visual and ... More


Wyndham Lewis, Constituent Power, and Collective Life

Joel Nickels

in The Poetry of the Possible: Spontaneity, Modernism, and the Multitude

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676088
eISBN:
9781452947716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676088.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on Wyndham Lewis’s philosophical work. The dimension of Lewis’s work, which involves realms of experience quite remote from the strong, central ego, has received some exacting ... More


Rewriting Tarr Ten Years Later: Wyndham Lewis, the Phoenix Library and the Domestication of Modernism

Lise Jaillant

in Cheap Modernism: Expanding Markets, Publishers' Series and the Avant-Garde

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474417242
eISBN:
9781474434560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417242.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Four years before his death, Wyndham Lewis wrote to the modernist scholar Hugh Kenner: “In Tarr I had in view a publique d’élite.” This image of a difficult, uncompromising novel for an élite could ... More


Children

Robert Sitton

in Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165785
eISBN:
9780231537148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Iris Barry's life following the birth of her children with Wyndham Lewis. Iris bore two children, a boy, Robin Lewis Barry, born June 3, 1919, and a girl, Maisie Wyndham ... More


Jazzing Britain: The Transatlantic Jazz Invasion and the Remaking of Englishness

Genevieve Abravanel

in Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199754458
eISBN:
9780199933143
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754458.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, World Literature

When jazz arrived in England, the nation was on an imaginative precipice: both grasping after history and attempting to bury it, haunted by terrible loss and eager to forget it in a frenzy of music ... More


The Poetry of the Possible: Spontaneity, Modernism, and the Multitude

Joel Nickels

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676088
eISBN:
9781452947716
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676088.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book challenges the conventional image of modernism as a socially phobic formation, arguing that modernism’s abstractions and difficulties are ways of imagining unrealized powers of collective ... More


New Work, Old Acquaintances

Robert Sitton

in Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165785
eISBN:
9780231537148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.003.0024
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on events from 1938–39. In the summer of 1938 Jimmy Ernst, the son of surrealist painter Max Ernst, was sent as a teenager to America to escape deportation to Germany from ... More


Gertrude Stein, Wyndham Lewis, and the American Language

Daniel Katz

in American Modernism's Expatriate Scene: The Labour of Translation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625260
eISBN:
9780748652006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625260.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter outlines Gertrude Stein's clear dialectic of expatriate estrangement as preservation of cultural identity in the context of Wyndham Lewis's article ‘The Dumb Ox’, a largely negative if ... More


Life with Lewis

Robert Sitton

in Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165785
eISBN:
9780231537148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details the beginning of Iris Barry's liaison with the painter and novelist Percy Wyndham Lewis. Iris became involved with Lewis at the end of World War I and during Pound's declining ... More


Chinese Artistic Influences on the Vorticists in London

Michelle Ying-Ling Huang

in British Modernism and Chinoiserie

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748690954
eISBN:
9781474422185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690954.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter examines how young poets and artists became interested in Chinese art that in the 1910s was expressed in the tenets of Vorticism. When Ezra Pound came to London in 1908 he got involved ... More


Against the Machine: Imagists, Symbolists, Journalists, Diplomats, and Spies

Rebecca Beasley

in Russomania: Russian culture and the creation of British modernism, 1881-1922

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198802129
eISBN:
9780191840531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198802129.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, World Literature

The final chapter of Russomania explores how the war and the Russian revolutions of 1917 transform the role of Russian literature for British-based writers. The first part of the chapter examines ... More


Times in the Mind: Modernism in the 1920s

Randall Stevenson

in Reading the Times: Temporality and History in Twentieth-Century Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474401555
eISBN:
9781474444880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401555.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Confirmed at the same time as arrangements for the first Armistice Day were announced, Albert Einstein’s theories indicate that the 1920s were marked not only by stringent temporalities, but also by ... More


Dissent and the Literature of the First World War: Wyndham Lewis and Henry Williamson

Mark Rawlinson

in The First World War: Literature, Culture, Modernity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780197266267
eISBN:
9780191869198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266267.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This essay assesses the after-life of early twentieth-century literary protest against war, and its surprisingly ambiguous relationship to bellicose values. The writings of Henry Williamson and Percy ... More


Legacies: Socialism, Aesthetics, and the Modernist Generation

Ruth Livesey

in Socialism, Sex, and the Culture of Aestheticism in Britain, 1880-1914

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263983
eISBN:
9780191734731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263983.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the afterlife of 1880s socialism in the early modernist generation. It focuses upon Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry and examines their negotiations with the productive, engaged ... More


Introduction: Brave New Worlds, Brave New Words, and Brave New Rooms

Ashley Maher

in Reconstructing Modernism: British Literature, Modern Architecture, and the State

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198816485
eISBN:
9780191853708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198816485.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

While the city has been at the center of literary modernist studies through such influential formulations as Raymond Williams’s “metropolitan forms of perception,” the influence of architectural ... More


Modernism against Fashion

R. S. Koppen

in Virginia Woolf, Fashion and Literary Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748638727
eISBN:
9780748651917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638727.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter considers Wyndham Lewis's position against fashion. It notes that in Lewis's cultural critique, fashion is used as a mass discourse that means the end of mind and its common-sense grasp ... More


Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film

Robert Sitton

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165785
eISBN:
9780231537148
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Iris Barry (1895–1969) was a pivotal modern figure and one of the first intellectuals to treat film as an art form, appreciating its far-reaching, transformative power. Although she had the bearing ... More


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