By Jean-Michel Rabaté
1922: Literature, tradition, Politics examines key elements of tradition and heritage in 1922, a yr made recognized through the e-book of numerous modernist masterpieces, akin to T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land and James Joyce's Ulysses. person chapters written via top students supply new contexts for the year's major artistic endeavors, philosophy, politics, and literature. 1922 additionally analyzes either the political and highbrow forces that formed the cultural interactions of that privileged second. even though this quantity takes post-WWI Europe as its leader concentration, American artists and authors additionally obtain considerate attention. In its multiplicity of perspectives, 1922 demanding situations misconceptions concerning the "Lost Generation" of cultural pilgrims who flocked to Paris and Berlin within the Nineteen Twenties, hence stressing the broader impact of that momentous 12 months.
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Typically, Le Corbusier did not explain, but simply showed revolutionary plans for a three-million people city. In 1922, he presented his scheme for a “Contemporary City” (Ville Contemporaine) for three million inhabitants. These skyscrapers were set within large, rectangular parklike green spaces. Le Corbusier glorified the use of cars and airplanes as means of transportation. According to Norma Evenson’s apt summary, this bold proposal for Paris appeared either as “an audacious and compelling vision of a brave new world,” or as “a frigid megalomaniacally scaled negation of the familiar urban ambient” (1969, 7).
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Of course, such a hope for Joyce’s readers has not been possible for the better part of half a century, so Larbaud’s essay also gives us a taste of what was possible in terms of readerly reception in 1922 that has long ago been lost. He writes to Richard Aldington in November 1922, “I do not think that Larbaud’s article can be taken as criticism at all. I am struggling with a notice of Ulysses myself which I have promised long since to the Dial [sic]” (1988, 594). That “notice” became his important essay, “Ulysses, Order, and Myth,” which appeared in The Dial in 1923, and in which Eliot is at pains to emphasize the ineluctability of Joyce’s startling new masterpiece for future writing.
1922: Literature, Culture, Politics by Jean-Michel Rabaté