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Product Details

  • Series: Return to the Scene of the Modern
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195151631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195151633
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent.... Rightly challenges the common critical assertion, most influentially argued by Andreas Huyssen, that there is a deep antipathy between modernism and mass culture.... A nuanced description of 1922 that deepens our understanding of the reception of modernism as a wider cultural movement expressed both in great works of literature and in a diverse set of contemporaneous cultural works."--Christianity and Literature

"Reading 1922 is without a doubt the best book on Modernism to come along in a long time."--Jesse Matz, Comparative Literature Studies

"Well documented, nicely illustrated, and written in up-to-the-minute clinical language, this book is a smooth sail, recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above."--Choice

"Enlightening.... Making innovative use of material from such (apparently) diverse sources as anthropology, linguistics, travel literature and cinema, North's brisk but densely researched book moves engagingly around its central thesis: that later critics have slanted the reception history of modernism to fit into their own ideas of what it represented."--Times Literary Supplement

"It is nevertheless surprising... just how much ground [North] is able to cover (and cover well) in under three hundred pages. The book opens with an excellent analysis of the significance of translation.... We could do worse than staving off the sleep of reason by immersing ourselves in Michael North's excellent--because critical--translation of the twentieth century."--Literary Research

"Free of cant, brimming with insight, this is one fine book."--Modern Philology

"North is inventive when developing the multiple junctures, as he put it, of the 'strategies of marketing' which helped sustain and expand the reading public's awareness of modernists like Eliot, Pound, and Joyce.... North is exuberant to read.... Bravo. Indeed."-- ames Joyce Literary Supplement

"For the light it sheds on the culture of modernism and obliquely onto literary modernism itself, Reading 1922 proves itself an excellent contribution to critical work on modernism, on the whole."--Theory and Cultural Studies

About the Author

Professor of English at UCLA, Michael North is the author of four books, including The Dialect of Modernism: Race, Language, and Twentieth-Century Literature (OUP 1994). He has written and lectured widely on many aspects of modern culture, including literature, politics, and the arts.

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Michael North's Reading 1922 is a brilliant, insightful work bringing to light connections and links between heretofore unexamined disciplines such as anthropology and philosophy (esp. Wittgentstein) and the relation the emerging new forms of thought bore to the popular culture of the time. North demonstrates reciprocal or dialectical relations between changes in mass consciousness via new media and changes in thought and practice in the arts and sciences. I especially appreciate that this work is not just a review or timeline of events but rather a deeper exploration of themes such as alienation and changes in identity as exemplified by Charlie Chaplin for instance, and his public. Additionally I find provocative North's treatment of such issues as questions of representation of the colonized Other in his readings of newspaper photography, and his wholly original counterintuitive view of how far ahead the reading, listening and watching public often was of the various "avant-gardes" of the day.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lazy Scholar on May 15, 2012
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The book itself is fantastic---I'm just telling you what the Kindle edition does and doesn't have. It's fine for straight reading of the main text, but there are some serious shortcomings for any other use.

-typeface is nicely rendered
-all images are included

-OCR is not perfect---seems to have had particular issues with italics and numbers---so text is not 100% searchable
-does NOT have page numbers (just location numbers)
-endnotes are NOT linked (and the notes are organized by chapter, so hunting for the right note #33 is a real pain)
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