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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English$
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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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1922, Paris, New York, London: The Modernist as International Hero

1922, Paris, New York, London: The Modernist as International Hero

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(p.48) Chapter 4 1922, Paris, New York, London: The Modernist as International Hero
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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English
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Michael Nort

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0005

This chapter discusses the modernist as international hero and examines The Waste Land. The discussion begins with a meeting of three American writers and an Irish writer in Paris in order to discuss the future of English literature, which could be affected by the process of constant cultural exchange. It then argues that literary modernism enters commerce only to secure itself from competition. The chapter shows that modern life is essentially international, and that The Waste Land is a modern opening poem.

Keywords:   modernist, Waste Land, English literature, constant cultural exchange, literary modernism, commerce, modern life

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