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Modernism, Space and the CityOutsiders and Affect in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and London$
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Andrew Thacker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633470

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633470.001.0001

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Introduction: Geographical Emotions and the Modernist City

Introduction: Geographical Emotions and the Modernist City

(p.1) Introduction: Geographical Emotions and the Modernist City
Modernism, Space and the City

Andrew Thacker

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces the overall methodology and theoretical approach taken in the book, explaining the significance of the idea of the outsider in modernism. It then outlines the idea of the geographical emotions of modernism (drawing upon a term first coined by the writer Bryher). This is articulated by combining theories of literary geography with work on affect theory, mood, and emotion. Theorists drawn upon here include Silvan Tomkins, Henri Lefebvre, Raymond Williams, and Martin Heidegger. It argues for an understanding of modernism in these four European cities in terms of a regional transnationalism, situating this approach within current debates on global modernism. The chapter illustrates these arguments by a reading of Mulk Raj Anand’s Conversations in Bloomsbury.

Keywords:   Geographical emotions, Modernist cities, Affect theory, Mood, Stimmung, Anand, Tomkins, Lefebvre, Transnationalism

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