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By Steve Pinkerton

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ISBN-13: 9780190627560

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'Blasphemous Modernism' argues that blasphemy is a sign mode of modernist literary expression. examining a various diversity of poets (Mina Loy, Langston Hughes) and novelists (James Joyce, Djuna Barnes, Salman Rushdie), Pinkerton exhibits how those writers cast the literature of modernism from the idiom of blasphemy.

summary: 'Blasphemous Modernism' argues that blasphemy is a sign mode of modernist literary expression. analyzing a various variety of poets (Mina Loy, Langston Hughes) and novelists (James Joyce, Djuna Barnes, Salman Rushdie), Pinkerton exhibits how those writers cast the literature of modernism from the idiom of blasphemy

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But this goat’s presence inevitably also lends something of a satanic element to the Eucharistic, paradisal tableau—​ subtly presaging the Black Mass antics of “Circe,” whose riotous pages culminate the Howth Hill scene’s interrelated themes of Communion, sexuality, and the demonic. ”35 If this unused note recalls the herd of swine into which Jesus cast unclean spirits (Mark 5:8–​13), it also suggests a symbolic association between blasphemy and the Circe myth that Joyce magnifies and explodes in Ulysses’ fifteenth episode.

In writing back to Hall’s novel, moreover, The Sink of Solitude is joined by the works of Djuna Barnes, especially Ladies Almanack (1928), which caricatures Hall as a tiresome advocate for lesbian monogamy. For Barnes, as I demonstrate in c­ hapter 4, blasphemy provides a way to unsettle and critique the then-​regnant notion of homosexuality as congenital “inversion”: a concept promulgated most widely by sexologists such as Richard von Krafft-​Ebing and Havelock Ellis. ”73 It is important to recognize that writers such as Joyce, Loy, Nugent, and Barnes keep both of these “problems” open, the former just as much as the latter.

For Barnes, as I demonstrate in c­ hapter 4, blasphemy provides a way to unsettle and critique the then-​regnant notion of homosexuality as congenital “inversion”: a concept promulgated most widely by sexologists such as Richard von Krafft-​Ebing and Havelock Ellis. ”73 It is important to recognize that writers such as Joyce, Loy, Nugent, and Barnes keep both of these “problems” open, the former just as much as the latter. Their works acknowledge the aesthetic and political power of the religious structures they profane, in order more meaningfully to assimilate and exploit them.

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