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Translocal Modernisms

International Perspectives


Irene Ramalho Santos and António Sousa Ribeiro

The full story of modernism is yet to be written. This collection of essays provides an important page in this complex and inconclusive story of fluidities and hybridities by rendering problematical the linear sequence from modernism to postmodernism.
This book explores the many facets of modernism in a variety of essays written by an international group of scholars. It deals with and puts in question the western literary tradition in many of its transcontinental and trans-hemispheric encounters. Criticism of ‘high modernism’ is put in perspective by discussions of German ‘reactionary modernism’, American ‘social modernism’ and ‘minor arts’, mid-twentieth-century ‘Baudelairean modernity’ and unprecedented expansions of the concepts of modernity and modernism themselves.
Engaging in dialogue with the newest geographical, transnational, and global enlargements of the concept of modernism in time and space (from the ‘Middle Passage’ to emergent cultures of the twenty-first century, from Europe to America, Africa and Asia), the volume covers a wide range of translocal and transtemporal literary, artistic, cultural, and social fields and perspectives.
Contents: Françoise Meltzer: Preface: Jeanne Duval – Irene Ramalho Santos/António Sousa Ribeiro: Introduction – Susan Stanford Friedman: One Hand Clapping: Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and the Spatio/Temporal Boundaries of Modernism – Gualter Cunha: A Tour of Some Gardens of Modernism: From Coole Park to Eccles Street – Helena Carvalhão Buescu: Modernity, Borders and Crystallizations – Houston Baker: Modernity and the Transatlantic Rupture: A Meditation on the Slave Trade – Ana Luísa Saraiva: Inverting the Middle Passage: Richard Wright’s ‘Return’ to Africa – Isabel Caldeira: Toni Morrison and Pepetela: Confluences of the African Diaspora – Vivian Liska: Making It Mean and Making It Matter: Modernism for the Twenty-first Century – Catarina Martins: Textual Dis-solutions in the Modernist House of Mirrors – Inês Lage Pinto Basto: The Fairest Mirror of All: Alberto Caeiro, Leopold Bloom and Jay Gatsby – Rosa Maria Martelo: Re-winding Modernism and Revisiting the Baudelairean Tradition of Modernity: Displacements in Portuguese Poetry between the 1960s and the 1970s – Isabel Capeloa Gil: Stemming the Tide: Carl Schmitt and Ernst Jünger’s Reactionary Modernism – Maria José Canelo: The Geopolitical Dimension of Modernism: Mexican Countercultures in California – Teresa Cid: Lively Modernism(s): The Comic Strip as/and Modern American Art – Paula Mesquita: Dressed to Kill: The Sex of the Wars in Cather and Faulkner.