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Wyndham Lewis the Radical: Essays on Literature and Modernity

Carmelo Cunchillos Jaime

This volume about the modernist writer and artist Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) presents him as a radical figure in twentieth-century modernism. The authors rediscover aspects of Lewis’s work which show how his fiction challenges modernist norms, and how his acute and wide-ranging critique of culture has a vital contemporary relevance. Lewis’s range is extraordinary – it covers Nietzsche as well as classic cinema, Renaissance art and English classicism. Being politically conservative, he had nonetheless a place on the political left, and he can be seen as a postmodernist before his time. These essays by leading Spanish and British specialists reveal Lewis as one of the key modernists of our time.
Contents: Alan Munton: Introduction: Wyndham Lewis Our Contemporary – David A. Wragg: Modernity’s «Reality» - Wyndham Lewis, Blast 1, and the Critical Historiography of Modernism – María Jesús Hernáez Lerena: Are Lewis’s Short Stories Pathological? – Michael Nath: «We Are Unknown to Ourselves, We Knowers»: More Thoughts on Lewis’s «Paramount Influence» – Paul Edwards: The Apes of God and the English Classical Tradition – Melania Terrazas: Intricate Models of Conflict in Wyndham Lewis’s Fiction – Peter L. Caracciolo: From Signorelli to Caligari: Allusions to Painting and Film in The Human Age and its Visual Precursors – Alan Munton: From Charlie Chaplin to Bill Haley: Popular Culture and Ideology in Wyndham Lewis – Carlos Villar Flor/Noelia Domínguez Carballo: Lewisian Footprints in Evelyn Waugh’s Early Satires – Stan Smith: Broad-minded Leftwingers and Marxian Playboys: Wyndham Lewis, W. H. Auden and the Literary Left in the 1930s – Mar Asensio Aróstegui: Postmodernist (Dis)continuities: Jeanette Winterson’s Silence on Wyndham Lewis.