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Institutions of modernism : literary elites and public culture
Rainey, Lawrence S.
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New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, [1998]

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x, 227 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
The creation of the avant-garde: F.T. Marinetti and Ezra Pound -- Consuming investments: Joyce's Ulysses -- The price of modernism: publishing The waste land -- From the patron to il duce: Ezra Pound's Odyssey -- Patronage and the poetics of the coterie: H.D. in the modernist canon.
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This account of modernism and its place in public culture looks at where modernism was produced and how it was transmitted to particular audiences. The individual tales of figures like Joyce, Pound, Marinetti and Eliot provide perspectives on the larger story of modernism itself.

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Library Journal Review

Rainey (modernist literature, Univ. of York, England) here describes the sociology of modernist literature in England between 1912 and 1922. He discusses the publishing history of Pound, Eliot, Joyce, Marinetti, and H.D., examining Pound's career from literary pioneer and organizer to his embrace of Italian fascism, the publishing history of Joyce's Ulysses and the marketing ploy of "private editions," and the editorial and monetary decisions involved in the publication of Eliot's The Waste Land. The nature of literary magazines, family, friends, and patrons of the period are described carefully and fully. Various views of modernism have been discussed recently (e.g., as montage, as discontinuity), but Rainey places modernism in its institutional and economic setting. An important and original discussion of literary sociology from the 19th-century bourgeoisie to the modern university; recommended for literature collections.‘Gene Shaw, NYPL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Editor of the journal Modernism/Modernity (1994- ) and author of Ezra Pound and the Monument of Culture (1991), Rainey (Univ. of York, UK) examines--with reference to J"urgen Habermas's work--the production and dissemination of modernism and modernism's complicated interchanges with the rapid, revolutionary transformation of cultural institutions during the first third of the 20th century. The author puts forth a radical redefinition of modernism, arguing for its delayed, yet solicited, commodification within the complexities of specialized institutions, such as patron-investors. New primary sources provide alternative narratives about some of modernism's most important publications and figures. The author examines the creation of vorticism and imagism and Marinetti's heretofore denied influence on Pound. Two chapters discuss the limited editions of Ulysses, the negotiations for publication of The Waste Land, and the market for little journals such as The Dial. Other chapters analyze turning points in the careers of Pound and H.D.: for Pound, his early admiration of fascism underscored by events in 1923 Rimini while conducting the Malatesta research that inspired a protocol of The Cantos; for H.D., her role as coterie poet for the circle created by her wealthy lover and patron, Bryher, which limited the poet's contact with public readers. Highly recommended for undergraduate and graduate libraries. J. C. Kohl; Dutchess Community College