Wyndham Lewis and the modernists: internationalism and race

Ayers, David S (2011) Wyndham Lewis and the modernists: internationalism and race. In: Platt, Len, ed. Modernism and Race. Cambridge University Press, pp. 156-172. ISBN 978-0-521-51944-1. E-ISBN 978-0-511-97392-5. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511973925.009) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In relation to the question of race, Wyndham Lewis is frequently seen as one of the triumvirate of antisemitic Anglo-American modernists alongside Pound and Eliot. Indeed these three figures provide a fascinating series of case studies. Their political-theoretical allegiances contrast in important ways, but as a group they still participate in a matrix of right-wing thought which was for them emergent in the 1920s and 1930s, but which for the present-day observer acquires the part-illusory constitution of an objectively completed process. The mechanisms of professional and other investment in these three authorships through previous decades have always made fraught the examination of race as an issue within individual oeuvres and across the fields of association in which these authorships are involved. Some methodological clarification might eventually lay the foundation for some conceptual remodelling which will move beyond and behind the heavily foregrounded topic of antisemitism to view more broadly the negotiation of concepts of race and nation against a background of internationalist idealism, a central mark of modernism in the interwar period.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2014 15:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40183 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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