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Secondary Reading

Selected Secondary Reading


Christopher Bush, Ideographic Modernism (Oxford UP, 2010)
Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker, eds., Geographies of Modernism: Literatures, Cultures, Spaces (Routledge, 2005)
Peter Burger, Theory of the Avant-Garde (University of Minnesota Press, 1984)
Erin Carlston, Thinking Fascism: Sapphic Modernism and Fascist Modernity (Stanford UP, 1998)
Robert Crawford, Devolving English Literature (Edinburgh UP, 2000)
Wai Chee Dimock, Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time (Princeton UP, 2006)
Laura Doyle and Laura Winkiel, eds, Geomodernisms: Race, Modernism, Modernity (Indiana UP, 2005)
Henry Louis Gates, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism (Oxford UP, 1988)
Matthew Hart, Nations of Nothing But Poetry (Oxford UP, 2010)
Andrew Hewitt, Fascist Modernism: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Avant-Garde (Stanford UP, 1996)
Yunte Huang, Transpacific Displacement: Ethnography, Translation, and Intertextual Travel in Twentieth-Century American Literature (University of California Press, 2002)
Rosalind Krauss, The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths (MIT Press, 1986)
Ed. Michael Levenson, The Cambridge Companion to Modernism (CUP, 1999)
David Lloyd, Anomalous States: Irish Writing and the Post-Colonial Moment (Duke UP, 1993)
Eds. Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson, The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English (Edinburgh University Press, 2006)
Tyrus Miller, Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts Between the World Wars (UC Press, 1999)
Tyrus Miller, Singular Examples: Artistic Politics and the Neo-Avant-Garde (Northwestern UP, 2009)
Peter Nicholls, Modernisms: A Literary Guide (Macmillan, 1995).
Michael North, Reading 1922: A Return to the Scene of the Modern (Oxford UP, 2002)
Marjorie Perloff, The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant-Guerre, and the Language of Rupture (University of Chicago, 2004)
Martin Puchner, Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Garde (Princeton UP, 2005)
Jean-Michel Rabaté, 1913: The Cradle of Modernism (Blackwell, 2007)
Jahan Ramazani, A Transnational Poetics (U. of Chicago, 2009)
Jeffrey Schnapp and Matthew Tiews, eds., Crowds (Stanford UP, 2006)
Michael Sheringham, Everyday Life: Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present (Oxford UP, 2006)
Raymond Williams, The Politics of Modernism (Routledge, 2007)
Steven Yao, Translation and the Languages of Modernism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)


Richard Ellman, ed., James Joyce: Selected Letters, (Viking Press, 1975)
Derek Attridge, Joyce Effects (Cambridge UP, 2000)
R. B. Kershner, Chronicles of Disorder: Joyce, Bakhtin, and Popular Literature (University of North Carolina Press, 1989)
Garry Leonard, Reading Dubliners Again: A Lacanian Perspective (Syracuse UP, 1993)
M. Power and U. Schneider, eds, European Joyce Studies 7: New Perspectives on Dubliners (Rodopi, 1997)
Jean-Michel Rabaté, James Joyce: Authorized Reader (Johns Hopkins UP, 1991)
Hélene Cixous, ‘Joyce: The (R)use of Writing’, in ed. Derek Attridge and Daniel Ferrer, Post-structuralist Joyce (Cambridge: CUP 1984)


Harriet Chessman, The Public is Invited to Dance: Representation, the Body, and Dialogue in Gertrude Stein (Stanford UP, 1989)
Ulla Dydo, with William Rice, Gertrude Stein: The Language that Rises: 1923-1934 (Northwestern UP, 2003)
Michael North, The Dialect of Modernism (Oxford University Press, 1994)
Marjorie Perloff, from The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage (Northwestern UP, 1981), Chapter 3: "Poetry as Word-System: The art of Gertrude Stein"
Lisa Ruddick, Reading Gertrude Stein: Body, Text, Gnosis (Cornell UP, 1990)


Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis, Pound / Lewis: The Letters of Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis, Timothy Materer, ed. (New Directions, 1985)
Yunte Huang, Transpacific Displacement: Intertextual Travel in Twentieth-Century American Literature (UC Press, 2002)
Hugh Kenner, The Pound Era (UC Press, 1971)
Kathryne Lindberg, Reading Pound Reading: Modernism After Nietzsche (Oxford UP, 1987)
Ira Nadel, ed., Ezra Pound in Context (Cambridge: 2010).
Marjorie Perloff, from The Futurist Moment: Chapter Five: "Ezra Pound and 'The Prose Tradition in Verse'"
Jean-Michel Rabaté, Language, Sexuality, and Ideology in Ezra Pound's Cantos (SUNY Press, 1986).
Tim Redman, Ezra Pound and Italian Fascism (Cambridge: 1991).
Vincent Sherry, Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, and Radical Modernism (Oxford UP, 1993)
Richard Sieburth, "In Pound We Trust: The Economy of Poetry/The Poetry of Economics." Critical Inquiry, Autumn, 1987, pp. 142-172.
Surette, Leon. Pound in Purgatory: From Economic Radicalism to Anti-Semitism (University of Illinois, 1999).
Mark Antliff, "Henri Gaudier-Brzeska's Guerre sociale: Art, Anarchism and Anti-Mlitarism in Paris and London, 1910-1915." Modernism / Modernity, vol. 17, no. 1, January 2010.


Margery Palmer McCulloch, Modernism and Nationalism: Literature and Society in Scotland 1918-1939 (ASLS, 2004)
Alan Riach, Representing Scotland In Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography (Palgrave, 2004)
Scott Lyall, Hugh MacDiarmid’s Poetry and Politics of Place (Edinburgh University Press, 2007)
Roderick Watson, ‘The Modern Scottish Literary Renaissance’, in ed. Alan Riach and Ian Brown, The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth Century Scottish Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 2009)
Alan Riach, ‘Hugh MacDiarmid’, in eds. Ian Brown et al, The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, Vol. 3 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007)
Alan Riach, Hugh MacDiarmid’s Epic Poetry (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1991)
Peter Crisp, ‘Pound and MacDiarmid: Fascism, Communism, and Modernity’


Tanizaki Junichiro, In Praise of Shadows (Vintage, 2001)
Harry Harootunian, Overcome By Modernity: History, Culture, and Community in Interwar Japan (Princeton University Press, 2001)
Harry Harootunian, History’s Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice, and the Question of Everyday Life (Columbia University Press, 2002)
Gwenn B. Petersen, The Moon in the Water: Understanding Tanizaki, Kawabata, and Mishima (University of Hawai’i Press, 1979)
Michiko Suzuki, ‘Progress and Love Marriage: Reading Tanizaki Jun’ichiro’s Chijin no ai, The Journal of Japanese Studies 31-2 (Summer 2005), 357-384


Maria Shevtsova, ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle: the view from Europe’, in eds. Peter Thomson and Glendyr Sacks, The Cambridge Companion to Brecht (Cambridge: CUP, 2006), 160-171
Bertolt Brecht, tr. Laura Bradley, eds. Steve Giles, Thomas Kuhn, Brecht on Art and Politics (London: Methuen, 2003)
Walter Benjamin, Understanding Brecht (London: New Left Books, 1973), especially Stanley Mitchell, ‘Introduction’, ‘What is Epic Theatre’, and ‘The Author as Producer’, vii-xix, 1-13, 85-103
Peter Brooker, Bertolt Brecht: Dialectics, Poetry, Politics (New York: Croom Helm, 1988), esp. chapter 2 ‘Dialectical Drama and a Changing World’, and 8 ‘A Conceivable Dialectic’, 33-41, 151-178
Darko Suvin, ‘Brecht’s Causasian Chalk Circle and Marxist Figuralism’, in ed. Siegfried Mews, Critical Essays on Bertolt Brecht (Boston MA: G.K. Hall, 1989), 162-175
Frederic Jameson, Brecht and Method (London: Verso, 1998)


Philippe Soupault and André Breton, Les champs magnétiques.
Marie-Claire Bancquart, Paris des Surréalistes (in French), Seghers, 1972.
Jonathan P. Eburne, Surrealism and the Art of Crime, Cornell UP, 2008.
Dickran Tashjian, A Boatload of Madmen: Surrealism and the American Avant-Garde, 1920-1950 (Thames and Hudson, 1995).
William Carlos Williams, The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams (New Directions, 1967).
William Carlos Williams, Imaginations (see especially "Kora in Hell"; New Directions, 1971).


Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road (Virago, 1992).
Harold Bloom, ed., Modern Critical Interpretations: Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (New York: Chelsea House, 1987).
Hazel Carby, "The Politics of Fiction, Anthropology, and the Folk," in New Essays on Their Eyes Were Watching God (Michael Awkward, ed., Cambridge UP, 1990).
Henry Louis Gates, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African American Literary Criticism (especially Chapter 5; Oxford UP, 1988).
Barbara Johnson, "Metaphor, Metonymy, and Voice in Their Eyes Were Watching God, in A World of Difference (John Hopkins UP, 1987).
John Trombold, "The Minstrel Show Goes to the Great War: Zora Neale Hurston's Mass Cultural Other Author(s)." MELUS, vol. 24, No. 1, African American Literature (Spring, 1999): 85-107.


Allen, Carolyn. Following Djuna: Women Lovers and the Erotics of Loss (Indiana UP, 1996).
de Lauretis, Teresa. "Nightwood and the Terror of Uncertain Signs." Critical Inquiry 34, suppl. (Winter 2008); for an extended version of this study in the context of a wider argument, see Freud's Drives: Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
Scott, Bonnie Kime. Refiguring Modernism (volume 2): Postmodern Feminist Readings of Woolf, West and Barnes (Indiana UP, 1995).
Smith, Victoria. "Generative Melancholy: Women's Loss and Literary Representation." Mosaic 41/4 (December 2008).


Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism, J. Pinkham, trans, (Monthly Review Press, 2000).
James Clifford, From The Predicament of Culture (Harvard UP, 1998): "A Politics of Neologism: Aimé Césaire" (pp. 175-181).
Belinda Jack, Negritude and Literary Criticism (OUP, 1996).
Andre Breton, 'A Great Black Poet: Aimé Césaire', in Breton, What is Surrealism? (Pluto, 1978).
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (Penguin Classics, 2001).
Jean-Paul Sartre, ‘Black Orpheus’, available variously.


Mishima Yukio, 'Patriotism' (Yukoku), available variously and online
Susan J. Napier, 'Death and the Emperor: Mishima, Oe, and the Politics of Betrayal', Jourmal of Asian Studies 48-1 (1989), 71-89
Dick Wagenaar, Iwamoto Yoshio, 'Yukio Mishima: Dialectics of Mind and Body', Contemporary Literature 16-1 (1975), 41-60
Peter Abelsen, 'Irony and Purity: Mishima', Modern Asian Studies 30-3 (1996), 651-679
Harry Harootunian, Overcome By Modernity: History, Culture, and Community in Interwar Japan (Princeton University Press, 2001)


Baker, Geoff. "The Predication of Violence, the Violence of Predication: Reconstructing Hiroshima with Duras and Resnais." Dialectical Anthropology 24: 387-406, 1999.
Chow, Rey. "When Whiteness Feminizes. . . . Some Consequences of a Supplementary Logic." Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 11:3 (1999-2000).
Hill, Leslie. Marguerite Duras: Apocalyptic Desires. Routledge, 1993.
Hofmann, Carol. Forgetting and Marguerite Duras. University Press of Colorado, 1991.
Williams, James S., ed. Revisioning Duras: Film, Race, Sex. Liverpool UP, 2000.
Winston, Jane Bradley. Postcolonial Duras: Cultural Memory in Postwar France. Palgrave, 2001.


Volodia Teitelboim, Neruda. Libros del Meridion, 1984 (in Spanish).
M. Durán and M. Safir, Earth Tones: The Poetry of Pablo Neruda. Indiana UP, 1981.
Adam Feinstein, Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life. Bloomsbury, 2004.

Godard/ Situationism

(note that extracts are already quite extensive)

Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle (Rebel Press, 1992)
Situationist International Online:

dir. Jean-Luc Godard, Le Petit Soldat (1960)
dir. Jean-Luc Godard, Le Mépris (1963)
dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’Elle (1966)
dir. Jean-Luc Godard, La Chinoise (1967)