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By Andrew Goldstone

No element of modernist literature has attracted extra passionate defenses, or extra livid denunciations, than its affinity for the assumption of autonomy. A trust in paintings as a legislation unto itself is valuable to the paintings of many writers from the past due 19th century to the current. yet is that this trust only a approach of denying art's social contexts, its roots within the lives of its creators, its political and moral obligations?

Fictions of Autonomy argues that the idea that of autonomy is, to the contrary, crucial for knowing modernism traditionally. Disputing the existing skepticism approximately autonomy, Andrew Goldstone exhibits that the pursuit of relative independence inside society is modernism's special method of in relation to its contexts. Modernist autonomy is grounded in connections to servants and audiences, getting older our bodies and cloth cabinet offerings; it joins T.S. Eliot to Adorno as exponents of overdue kind and Djuna Barnes to Joyce as anti-communal cosmopolitans. Autonomy finds new affinities throughout an expansive modernist box from Henry James and Proust to Stevens and de guy. Drawing on Bourdieu's sociology, formalist analyzing, and old contextualization, this booklet indicates autonomy's range--and its limitations--as a modernist mode of social practice.

Nothing lower than a controversy for a wholesale revision of the assumptions of modernist reviews, Fictions of Autonomy can also be an intervention in literary thought. This booklet exhibits why an individual drawn to literary heritage, the sociology of tradition, and aesthetics must take account of the social, stylistic, and political importance of the matter, and the aptitude, of autonomy.

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