Chapter 3. Making It New: Constructions of Modernism

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Carla Kaplan Director

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch3

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Kaplan, C. (2010) Making It New: Constructions of Modernism, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. Northeastern University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • making it new - constructions of modernism;
  • modernist expansion/modernism under erasure - definitional problematics and “The New Modernist Studies”;
  • “Modernism,” two different things, one general and one specific;
  • the modern period, witnessing myriad stylistics, as significant, innovative, “new”;
  • hand-me-down modernism - three interlocking challenges in recent years;
  • “The New Modernist Studies,” reshaping and redefining contours of literary history;
  • work of The New Modernist Studies, devoted to canon expansion and recuperation of Modernist texts;
  • “Modernism,” category replaced with more capacious “early-twentieth-century studies”;
  • rethinking modernism - “Are We There Yet”;
  • work of The New Modernist Studies - modern black writing, being “new” from traditional Modernism

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • I. Modernist Expansion/Modernism Under Erasure: Definitional Problematics and “The New Modernist Studies”

  • II. Rethinking Modernism: “Are We There Yet?”

  • III. Modernism and Race: Who is Adding the “S”?