Editing Modernism in Canada


April 16, 2014

Announcing Modernism: Keywords

A ground-breaking addition to modernist studies, Modernism: Keywords is a collaborative work drawing on the research of twelve faculty and (former) graduate students, all initially located at the University of Toronto. Keywords—an approach pioneered by Raymond Williams—charts words with divergent, conflicted, and changing meanings, not to fix definitions but to use unsettled definition as a key for understanding cultural controversies and debates. Entries in this book range from possibly unexpected words like Einstein, Hamlet, and rhythm to distinctively modernist words like advertising, propaganda, and shock. Of particular interest to members of EMiC, the mix of modernist voices includes Canadians Francis Marion Beynon, E. K. Brown, Richard Bucke, Morley Callaghan, Annie Charlotte Dalton, Pelham Edgar, John S. Ewart, Northrop Frye, W. Eric Harris, Stephan Leacock, Wyndham Lewis, Dorothy Livesay, Hugh MacLennan, Marshall McLuhan, Lucy Montgomery, Emily Murphy, Charles G. D. Roberts and A. J. M. Smith, with quotations as well from the Balfour Declaration, the Charlottetown Guardian, and the Canadian Magazine of Politics, Science, Art and Literature. With the inclusion as well of writers from Australia, the Caribbean, India, New Zealand, and South Africa, Modernism: Keywords advances a paradigm of modernism as a cross-nation web. The accessible entries should appeal to a wide range of readers, from non-academics to research specialists. You can read more about this work, including an excerpt, on the Wiley Blackwell page. A 20% discount is currently available, for either hardcover or ebook from the Wiley site: go to www.wiley.com and enter the code LTR14 at checkout. The Amazon site offers discounts as well, for hardcover and Kindle formats. The book is also available from Kobo, and from iTunes for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.

Posted by Melba Cuddy-Keane

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