Knowing How to Go on: Modernism and the Ordinary Uses of Language

Mueller, Luke.


  • Abstract: Many literary scholars consider the distinguishing marks of modernism to be its unconventional uses of language, particularly as this unconventional language shows the failure of representation and communication. This failure is thus seen as a critique of meaning, conceptual stability, and knowledge. The writers in this study—Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, Nella Larsen, and Samuel Beckett—offer ... read more
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