Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Disruptions of Daily LifeJapanese Literary Modernism in the World$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Arthur M. Mitchell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752919

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752919.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 20 October 2021

Against the National Literary Narrative

Against the National Literary Narrative

(p.238) Coda Against the National Literary Narrative
Disruptions of Daily Life

Arthur M. Mitchell

Cornell University Press

This chapter explains how the modernist works treated in the previous chapters can be juxtaposed in their response to the formation of gender and narration in the modern novel. It demonstrates how modernist fiction can and should be extracted from the nationally inscribed literary histories, or in fact how the works themselves contain the seeds of these narratives' deconstruction. National literary histories exaggerate the power of the literary works while simultaneously circumscribing their literary value within the chronologies of history. At work in the elaboration of national literature is a forgetfulness of how and why modernist works were so perverse. Recovering the radically disruptive essence of modernist fiction by delineating its contortions of social ideology allows us to activate anew its critical capacity and bring it to bear upon our own daily lives.

Keywords:   modernist fiction, gender, narration, national literary histories, literary value, national literature, social ideology

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.