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    ‘I have given myself up to the study of the State’: Wyndham Lewis, Modernism, the Avant-garde, and the State

    Lomax, Francis (2017) ‘I have given myself up to the study of the State’: Wyndham Lewis, Modernism, the Avant-garde, and the State. NPPSH Reflections, 1. pp. 7-15. ISSN 2565-6031

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    In his introduction to the recent Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis, Tyrus Miller describes the modernist painter, novelist, and critic Wyndham Lewis (1882 - 1957) as an embodiment of ‘the boundary crossing nature of the avant - garde’ (2016, p. 6). In Miller’s account, the avant - garde of the early twentieth century ‘tore apar t the conventional boundaries between the various arts, between artistic and political activity, and between aesthetic works and conceptual discourse’ (2016 p. 6). The historical avant - garde — by which is meant the various groupings of artists of experimenta l artists and writers which emerged across Europe in the years prior to the First World War — can be broadly characterised by its vehement opposition to bourgeois society, and its conception of the potential of experimental art and literature to act as a cat alyst for radical social change.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: literature; literary analysis; Wyndham Lewis; modernism; avant-garde; art; politics; post-war society; NPPSH;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Research Institutes > An Foras Feasa
    Item ID: 8299
    Depositing User: NPPSH Editor
    Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 08:23
    Journal or Publication Title: NPPSH Reflections
    Publisher: Maynooth Academic Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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