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 well-known via the book of numerous modernist masterpieces, comparable to T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land and James Joyce's Ulysses. person chapters written by means of major 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 though 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 Twenties, therefore stressing the broader impression of that momentous 12 months.

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Of course, such a hope for Joyce’s readers has not been possible for the better part of half a century, so Larbaud’s essay also gives us a taste of what was possible in terms of readerly reception in 1922 that has long ago been lost. He writes to Richard Aldington in November 1922, “I do not think that Larbaud’s article can be taken as criticism at all. I am struggling with a notice of Ulysses myself which I have promised long since to the Dial [sic]” (1988, 594). That “notice” became his important essay, “Ulysses, Order, and Myth,” which appeared in The Dial in 1923, and in which Eliot is at pains to emphasize the ineluctability of Joyce’s startling new masterpiece for future writing.

I want to thank Rivky Mondal who has helped me edit the contributions to this collection. Notes 1 See Georg Lukács, Essays and Reviews (1922; reprint, London: Merlin Press, 1983). 2 Letter to Trotsky sent by Gramsci from Moscow, dated September 8, 1922, added by Trotsky at the end of chapter 4 of the French version of Littérature et Révolution. 3 Hermann Broch, Schriften zur Literature 1, Kritik. Edited by P. M. Lützeler, 64. ” Translated by Maria Jolas, in Geist and Zeitgeist. Edited by John Hargraves, 67.

London: Harcourt, 1971. New York: Harcourt, 1975. Eliot, T. S The Letters of T. S. Eliot. Vol. 1: 1898–1922. Edited by Valerie Eliot. New York: Harcourt, 1988. Eliot, T. ” In T. S. Eliot Selected Essays, 13–22. Reprint, London: Faber and Faber, 1999. Harding, Jason. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. ” Comparative Literature xi (1959): 97–110. ca/pao/docview/1290139107/fulltextPDF/143313D8 accountid=6180 (accessed September 1, 2013). Reprint, New York: Random House, 1986.

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