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"They will tell me that there is always a gulf between the worlds represented in fiction and film and the worlds in which human beings actually exist, it is the gulf between the worlds conveyed by the arts and the worlds not conveyed by the arts, shapeless and gloomy. There was not necessarily a wider gulf that my mom felt than the gulf that a young woman in Europe felt when she liked books and film.
Because in my mother's case, the gap between the worlds of arts and reality also symbolised something else: the asymmetric relation already referred to - the asymmetric relation between those who are living only in a universe and those who are living both in a universe and in a certain one.
10 Best Books of Modernity
It is Laura Frost who knows the classic of the modern age. As Adjunct Lecturer and Department of Libertarianism at the New School, Frost is also the writer of the new, brightly written work The Problem with Pleasure: Contemporaryism and Its Discontents. These 10 books will help you get into the modern age.
The early 20th c. was the age of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner and other major figures who set themselves the task of revolutionizing literature. This was a turbulent period of technical progress, the ascent of the massculture, the women's liberation movements, Freud' s psychological work and above all two disastrous WWII.
Modernism felt that it was going through a phase of upheaval that required just as drastic changes in literature. "Ezra Pound told his collegues, "Make it new", by which he thought he was changing the regulations for text and the read. This was followed by subdivision, multi-views, streams of awareness, thick innuendos and ambiguities.
Modernity needs an energetic reader: you have to work to understand it. that literature is doing something it's never done before. Here are a few hints on how to approach these books. You are not only read here for the story, you are read for the game of words on the page, the texture, the overall effect.
Playing the game: Each of the books has different basic ideas. So the more you find out, the more you will like it. As Joyce once said: "The request I make to my readers is that they dedicate their whole lives to this. With rapture and bravery, with poems by T. S. Eliot, Pound, and the lesser-known Wyndham Lewis, along with manifestoes and cubistic-futuristic artwork by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.
This is the prime of modern poetry and the quintessence of post-war despair. He silences his readers with apparently incoherent pictures and snipes that range from Ovid, Shakespeare and Sanskrit songs to jazzmelodies and the post-coital thoughts of a dull pair. When you' re done, you'll know the protagonists better than your close ones, thanks to Joyce's breathtaking flow of awareness.
You' ll know every storytelling ploy there is, as Joyce anticipated the pyrotechnical literature of Nabokov, Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and everyone else who followed him. It is a novel about age, perceptions, esthetics, gender role and deaths, but based on compulsive, unconventional personalities such as the pathological but powerless Mr. Ramsay and his calmly mighty-woman.
Feulkner doesn't cast Thomas Aquinas or Sanskrit at you, à la Joyce or Eliot, but the changing perspectives can also be confusing. There is a mesmerizing panoply of mismatches, lost longing and confused identities in the poetic reading of it. Rhys, a Dominica native, specializes as a writer on Paris and London girls who drift from one beverage to another.
Their elliptical intermittent flow of awareness, which slips from one timeframe to another, is enlivened by dark humour and vivid observation of pop culture, fashions, cinema and what it means to be an outcast. Amy Winehouse is Rhys of the modern age, and I mean that as a complement. It was a belated reflexion on the modernist era, .
Cheerful, boring, repetitious (as one reviewer put it brilliantly: "Nothing happens. Twice") and enticingly ambivalent, this absurd piece represents the modern ethic. Though, as Eliot put it, the underworld seems to be an "immense Panorama of Vain and Anarchy", there is a lasting belief in the might of the word.