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Picture of The Modernist Impulse and a Contemporary Opus

The Modernist Impulse and a Contemporary Opus

Replaced by Writing

Author(s): Frederic Will

Book Description

This volume represents a study in the formation of a personal literary opus, and in some of the theoretical reflections involved in understanding how parts of that opus are constructed. The opus in question is the author’s own, and he is the analyst of it, attempting in this role to work as an everyman stand-in, a representative of the I in each of us which can choose to live the situation of replacing itself by writing. The opus is addressed by pieces of individual text – a chapter each from a couple of novels and a long poem – and by a close pursuit of the kinds of ways in which the author is transformed into those pieces of text. This textbook in democratic self-transformation is at the same time a fussy tractatus on the intricacies imposed on itself by art, in its quest to become a zone of moral enhancement.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9875-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9875-9
Date of Publication: 01/02/2017
Pages / Size: 150 / A5
Price: £45.99


Frederic Will has published fifty-six books, ranging from cultural history, philosophy, poetry, translation, and fiction to travel narrative, and is currently completing a new sequence of six interrelated volumes on the character of everyday existence. He has received six Fulbright Grants from the United States Government and multi-year support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his journal of world poetry in translation, Micromegas, and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Bollingen Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He was a founding editor, with William Arrowsmith, Donald Carne-Ross, and John Sullivan, of the journal of Classical culture, Arion. His poetry has received praise in the UK; the TLS has described his poetic work as “accomplished and insightful,” and his criticism as “brilliant.” His lifetime literary papers are collected in the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, USA.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0820-0
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0820-X
Date of Publication: 01/05/2018
Pages / Size: 148 / A5
Price: £29.99