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The Poetry of the PossibleSpontaneity, Modernism, and the Multitude$
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Joel Nickels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676088

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676088.001.0001

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Wyndham Lewis, Constituent Power, and Collective Life

Wyndham Lewis, Constituent Power, and Collective Life

(p.91) 2 Wyndham Lewis, Constituent Power, and Collective Life
The Poetry of the Possible

Joel Nickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Wyndham Lewis’s philosophical work. The dimension of Lewis’s work, which involves realms of experience quite remote from the strong, central ego, has received some exacting and sensitive critical attention. For Lewis, the occult life force that supposedly shapes human existence is merely a philosophical screen for the very real machinery of ideological repatterning that conditions the thoughts of the multitude. Lewis’s Enemy of the Stars places fascism at the center of its symbolic economy. He was attracted to European fascism as it promised to return to the social body the value and potency of which it was purported to have been robbed by international banking monopolies and their liberal-democratic political superstructure. Lewis was also deeply suspicious of vanguards of all kinds, including those of European fascism.

Keywords:   Wyndham Lewis, philosophical work, ego, human existence, Enemy of the Stars, European fascism

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