1922: Literature, Culture, Politics by Jean-Michel Rabaté

By Jean-Michel Rabaté

1922: Literature, tradition, Politics examines key facets of tradition and heritage in 1922, a 12 months made recognized by way of the booklet of numerous modernist masterpieces, similar to T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land and James Joyce's Ulysses. person chapters written by way of prime students provide new contexts for the year's major artistic endeavors, philosophy, politics, and literature. 1922 additionally analyzes either the political and highbrow forces that formed the cultural interactions of that privileged second. even if this quantity takes post-WWI Europe as its leader concentration, American artists and authors additionally obtain considerate attention. In its multiplicity of perspectives, 1922 demanding situations misconceptions concerning the "Lost Generation" of cultural pilgrims who flocked to Paris and Berlin within the Nineteen Twenties, hence stressing the broader impression of that momentous yr.

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He invited Herman Hesse to describe recent German poetry. The article was brief and too general to make interesting reading today, but we see the editor’s point in commissioning it” (1959, 102). The Criterion went on to offer an international array of contributors in most issues, while it listed a number of “periodicals” as suggested further reading from countries ranging from the United States to Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Brazil, Russia, Switzerland, Holland, and more. Eliot’s figures in The Waste Land converse in Cockney accents at the pub in “A Game of Chess” – “Oh is there, she said.

The Waste Land and Ulysses have also come to be read as uncanny “semblables,” or likenesses – to borrow a term from The Waste Land, which Eliot in turn “steal[s]” from Baudelaire3 – insofar as these poetic and fictional counterparts enacted complementary transformations of literary horizons at nearly exactly the same time. When Eliot started the Criterion, he had already been for several years a major fan of Joyce’s still relatively uncelebrated work, and he was ready to promote Ulysses in his new journal.

Reprint, New York: Random House, 1986. Reprint, New York: Norton, 2007. ” The Criterion (1922): 94–103. Litz, A. Walton. 1 (Fall 1972): 5–18. North, Michael. Reading 1922: A Return to the Scene of the Modern. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. ” Hound and Horn 4 (October–November 1930): 113–16. ” In The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce. Edited by Derek Attridge, 49–66. 1990. Reprint, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. New York: The Viking Press, 1957. Chapter 2 Rilke’s Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus Judith Ryan I would like to begin this essay on Rilke and 1922 with a thought experiment.

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