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Virtual Modernism: Writing and Technology in the Progressive Era

Katherine Biers


This book offers a fresh view of the emergence of American literary modernism from the eruption of popular culture in the early twentieth century. Employing dynamic readings of the works of Stephen Crane, Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, Djuna Barnes, and Gertrude Stein, it argues that American modernist writers developed a “poetics of the virtual” in response to the rise of mass communications technologies before World War I. These authors’ modernist formal experimentation was provoked by the immediate, individualistic pleasures and thrills of mass culture. But they also retained a faith in ... More

Keywords: American literary modernism, popular culture, Stephen Crane, Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, poetics, realism, naturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816667543
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816667543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Biers, author