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Devoted kinds' deals a brand new figuring out of the politicized literature of the Nineteen Thirties and its courting to modernism. It reclaims a principal physique of literary and demanding works for modernist experiences, supplying in-depth readings of texts by means of T.S. Eliot and I.A. Richards, in addition to via key left-wing authors together with William Empson, David Gascoyne, Charles Madge, Humphrey Jennings, and Edward Upward. development on Read more...

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252). 17 Hans Vaihinger, The Philosophy of ‘As If ’: System of the Theoretical, Practical and Religious Fictions of Mankind [1911], trans. by C. K. Ogden (London: Routledge, 1924); Gottlob Frege, ‘Über Sinn und Bedeutung’, Zeitschrift für Philosophie und philosophische Kritik, 100 (1892), 25–50. Frege is discussed in Ogden and Richards’s The Meaning of Meaning: A Study of the Influence of Language upon Thought and of the Science of Symbolism [1923] (London: Paul Trench, 1927), pp. 273–74. 18 Ogden/Richards, p.

292; Alan Young, Dada and After: Extremist Modernism and English Literature (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1981), p. 153. 57 58 ‘Responsible Propagandists’ 35 brief respite before the plunge into the ‘political’ 1930s. When it is read in this way, the magazine becomes a rearguard attempt to carry the Jolasian Revolution of the Word over into the new decade, illustrating how one generation’s literary avant-gardism can become a later generation’s stylistic backwardness. This view seems to be supported by John Lehmann’s recollection that Michael Roberts decided to exclude ‘three Cambridge poets, leading lights of Experiment’ from New Signatures ‘because he thought them too close to Eliot and to the French surrealists Eluard and Tzara’.

In the fifth number of the magazine, for example, Hugh Sykes Davies attacked modernism for its increasing sterility and its ‘general tendency towards retreatism’. ‘The academic retreat from politics is represented in “The Waste Land” and Pound’s “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley”’, the article declared: ‘For the academic spirit applied to politics—Mr. ’65 F. R. Leavis, then a young lecturer in the newly founded Cambridge English Faculty, was quick to note Experiment’s critical distance from the alleged ‘purity’ of modernist writing.

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