ASense of Shock: The Impact of Impressionism on Modern by Adam Parkes

By Adam Parkes

What does smooth British and Irish literature need to do with French impressionist portray? And what does Henry James need to do with the criminal dispute among John Ruskin and J.M.W. Whistler? What hyperlinks Walter Pater with Conrad's portrait of a genocidal maniac in Heart of Darkness? Or George Moore with Irish nationalism, Virginia Woolf with glossy distraction, and Ford Madox Ford with the nice Depression?

Adam Parkes argues that we needs to solution such questions if we're to understand the entire effect of impressionist aesthetics on sleek British and Irish writers. Complicating past money owed of the impact of portray and philosophy on literary impressionism, A experience of Shock highlights the function of politics, uncovering new and deeper linkages. within the arms of such practitioners as Conrad, Ford, James, Moore, Pater, and Woolf, literary impressionism was once formed by way of its engagement with very important social concerns and political occasions that outlined the trendy age. As Parkes demonstrates, the formal and stylistic practices that distinguish impressionist writing have been the results of dynamic and sometimes provocative interactions among aesthetic and old factors.

Parkes eventually means that it used to be via this incendiary blend of aesthetics and background that impressionist writing compelled major swap at the literary tradition of its time. A experience of outrage will attract scholars and students of 19th- and twentieth-century literature, in addition to the becoming readership for books that discover difficulties of literary historical past and interdisciplinarity.

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