Modernism and Spontaneous Organization
This introductory chapter examines the complex mixture of concrete political ideology and speculative abstraction that helps to shape the models of spontaneity deployed by the modernist. It focuses on several modernist authors, including William Carlos Williams, Wyndham Lewis, Laura Riding, and Wallace Stevens. Each modernist is especially sensitive to the ways socially conditioned responses can shape even one’s deepest, most private cognitive and affective orientations, making them seem like natural, spontaneous dispositions. In other words, these modernist authors believe that acting in a natural-seeming, unpremeditated fashion may provide for no real spontaneity, only pretwisted affective outpourings. It argues that Williams, Riding, Lewis, and Stevens locate spontaneity less in isolated, individual minds than in sites where individual mental impulses overlap with modernity’s large-scale mechanisms of public contestation and collective life.
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