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By David Ellison

David Ellison's booklet is an research into the old origins and textual perform of eu literary Modernism. Ellison's learn strains the origins of Modernism to the emergence of early German Romanticism from the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and emphasizes how the passage from Romanticism to Modernism could be within the slow transition from the chic to the uncanny. Arguing that what we name excessive Modernism can't be decreased to a faith of good looks, an experimentation with narrative shape, or perhaps a mirrored image on time and cognizance, Ellison demonstrates that Modernist textuality is characterised by means of the intersection, overlapping, and crossing of aesthetic and moral matters. attractiveness and morality relate to one another as antagonists suffering for dominance in the comparable fields of philosophy and idea at the one hand (Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud) and inventive literature at the different (Baudelaire, Proust, Gide, Conrad, Woolf, Kafka).

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