"A Critical Romance: Literary Modernism Rewriting Literary History"

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Title
"A Critical Romance: Literary Modernism Rewriting Literary History"
Contributors
Sikorski, Hannah Joran (creator)
Katz, Tamar (Director)
Reichman, Ravit (Reader)
Burrows, Stuart (Reader)
Brown University. English (sponsor)
Copyright Date
2012
Abstract
In “A Critical Romance: Modernism Rewriting Literary History,” I examine the formative role of the romance in literary modernism’s work to think critically about itself and its own history. Past readings of the relationship between the two forms have emphasized their discreteness; although they may be involved with each other, they are defined by competing desires. If critical engagement with modernism is underwritten by an assumption of innovation, the romance’s orientation is seen in opposite terms. Its interest in returns and retrievals of past and ideal states has, in other words, been misread to signify the form’s primitive, and always precedent, status. Discussions of modernism and the romance have invested in this logic, reading the romance as active only in relationship to early stages of modernism.
Keywords
modernism
romance
counterfactual
Chance
Counterfactual histories
Literature
Notes
Thesis (Ph.D. -- Brown University (2012)
Extent
vi, 161 p.

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Sikorski, Hannah Joran, "'A Critical Romance: Literary Modernism Rewriting Literary History'" (2012). English Theses and Dissertations. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/item/bdr:297645/

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