We’ve just learned of a new book — written by Lisi Schoenbach (English, University of Tennessee-Knoxville) — that we thought would interest a number of our readers: Pragmatic Modernism (Oxford University Press). To visit the publisher’s webpage for the book, please click here.
Here is the press’ description of the book:
Through its analysis of pragmatist keywords, including “habit,” “institution,” “prediction,” and “bigness,” Pragmatic Modernism offers new readings of works by James, Proust, Stein, and Andre Breton, among others. It shows, for instance, how Stein’s characteristic literary innovation–her repetitions–aesthetically materialize the problem of habit; and how institutions–businesses, museums, newspapers, the law, and even the state itself–help to construct the subtlest of personal observations and private gestures in James’s novels.
This study reconstructs an overlooked strain of modernism. In so doing, it helps to re-imagine the stark choice between political quietism and total revolution that has been handed down as modernism’s legacy.