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Paradoxy of Modernism$
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Robert Scholes

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108200

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108200.001.0001

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High and Low in Modernist Criticism

High and Low in Modernist Criticism

(p.3) 1 High and Low in Modernist Criticism
Paradoxy of Modernism

Robert Scholes

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the deployment of the terms high and low in the critical discourse on modernism. It also situates that discourse in relation to earlier versions of the high/low distinction, and argues that the paradox found when we look into these matters should lead us to rethink the Modernist canon and curriculum, opening up both of these to accommodate formerly excluded texts, and should make us more alert to how texts perceived as belonging to one or the other of these categories often have crucial elements that our critical discourse associates with its opposite.

Keywords:   modernism, high, low, discourse

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