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Published: 25 December 2018

240 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198828891

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The Art of Hunger

Aesthetic Autonomy and the Afterlives of Modernism

Alys Moody

Oxford English Monographs

  • Offers an original account of the prevalence of hunger in twentieth-century literature and sheds light on the persistence of commonplace tropes such as the 'starving artist'
  • Provides a history of the reception of modernism and aesthetic autonomy in the second half of the twentieth century
  • Locates Samuel Beckett, Paul Auster, and J. M. Coetzee in relation to their historical contexts, especially debates about the relationship between art and politics
  • Presents original archival research into the Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee papers, as well as the student activism papers in the Columbia University archives and post-war French and Anglophone periodicals