The field of modernist studies in literature has seen a succession of critical ‘revisions’, ‘re-mappings’, and ‘re-thinking’ across the past thirty years. Driven initially by pioneering feminist critics, critical response to literary texts from the first third of the twentieth century has gone through several phases of reassessment. During these phases, earlier critical opinion about the methods, politics, ambition, and even the key authors involved in modernism, has been comprehensively interrogated. More recently, compelling challenges have been made to the notion that there ever existed a single, monolithic, literary movement which might be called modernism. Critics including Peter Nicholls, Michael North, and Marjorie Perloff have instead seen modernisms as a more indicative term for the many competing modes and impulses which govern the diverse writings of both the more and the less well-known writers from this era of literature. In the course of this specific recent revision of the canon, early twentieth-century writing in English is deliberately set alongside, or seen in contrast to, broader movements of thought and literary experiment from Europe and beyond. Further work in the area has sought to link the literary ‘moment’ of modernism to similar ‘moments’ in the other arts, of sculpture, of painting, and of music.
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