A Route to Modernism: Hardy, Lawrence, Woolf by Rosemary Sumner

By Rosemary Sumner

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The query 'What is modernism?' has provoked excessive severe dialogue. A path to Modernism explores this quarter; it makes a speciality of the unusual and hazardous trip taken by way of Hardy, Lawrence and Woolf in the direction of unknown areas of the brain and the universe. In a dialogue of those novelists, either separately and on the subject of each other, an intensive reconsideration of modernism is constructed. Woolf envisaged her contemporaries 'flashing previous on one other railway line'. A path to Modernism exhibits the hypothetical educate of Hardy, Lawrence and Woolf now not following an present song yet tunnelling underneath surfaces, following routes that are 'spasmodic, fragmentary', occasionally setting out like a rocket into the cosmos. Their fragmented, modernist works deny us 'the convenience of ...a unmarried that means, both in artistic endeavors or within the world'. This ebook deals new methods to modernism, whereas insisting on books being left 'open - no end come to'.

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This is the Durbeyfields at their most insecure, yet the children settle down for the night in their fourposter contentedly enough. Again, contradictory states of mind - disorientation and reassurance - are suggested by the scene, as they are even more sharply in 'During Wind and Rain': Clocks and carpets and chairs On the lawn all day, And brightest things that are theirs . . Ah, no; the years, the years; Down their carved names the raindrop ploughs. Hardy usually gives some explanation for these odd juxtapositions, unlike the Surrealists who leave it to our intuition, but he emphasizes their oddity; and this is crucial.

On the other hand, his claim that he 'would die like a shot to know that the earth would be really cleaned of all the people' 89 may be taken as selflessly affirmative; it is not nihilistic, since he hopes for forms other and better than the human to evolve. Lawrence makes Birkin's position more challenging than consolatory. The post-Darwinian displacement of humanity, not just from its central position, but altogether is echoed in Woolf's investigations into the possibility of seeing 'the thing that exists when we aren't there'.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-17 Introduction The Experimental and the Absurd in Two on a Tower Though usually and rightly classified as a minor novel, Two on a Tower contains some of Hardy's most original and adventurous experiments. ' 1 Yet his use of 'the stupendous background of the stellar universe' has come in for a good deal of criticism, on the grounds that it is not integral to the novel, that it does dwarf the characters in spite of Hardy's claim to the contrary in the Preface, and that it is too remote from human concerns to function effectively in a novel.

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