Chapter 1. U.S. Modernism

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Susan Hegeman

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch1

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Hegeman, S. (2009) U.S. Modernism, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch1

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • genres, traditions, and subject areas;
  • U.S. modernism - experimentation and creative ambition;
  • modernist fiction writers - Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway;
  • American modernist tradition - in isolation from other national contexts;
  • labor activism and radical political movements;
  • modernists - proponents of feminism and sex radicalism;
  • horror of bourgeois marriage - favorite theme of writers;
  • industrial printing and communication technologies and “dime novels”;
  • technology affecting fiction writing in subtle and profound ways;
  • modernist forms and modernist themes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Modernism and its Contexts

  • Modernist Forms

  • Modernist Themes

  • Conclusion

  • References and Further Reading