Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 April 2017

200 Pages | 3 halftones


ISBN: 9780190627560

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Blasphemous Modernism

The 20th-Century Word Made Flesh

Steve Pinkerton

Modernist Literature and Culture

  • Theorizes how blasphemy works as a form of literary expression.
  • Studies a diverse range of modernist poets and novelists, including women writers, queer writers, and writers of color.
  • Brings a "new modernist studies" orientation to bear on the topic of religion in modernism.
  • Shows how blasphemy serves writers as a way to forge (and also to satirize) such signally modernist subjectivities as "the New Woman" and "the New Negro."
  • Argues that God is not "dead" for modernist writers and instead persists-somewhat perversely-by serving as a vital and potent object of profanation.
  • Engages the ongoing "religious turn" in the humanities and social sciences.