Easy Romance

Posted on | January 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

N+1 is previewing next week’s new issue of N1BR with my review of Gabriel Josipovici’s What Ever Happened to Modernism? safe online casino slots

If novelist and critic Gabriel Josipovici has, for much of his career, written from the literary margin, it is because he has deliberately positioned himself as an anathema to the English establishment.  He has pledged himself with monomaniacal devotion to arguing the cause of modernism, a form he would have us all recognize as the only viable mode of aesthetic expression. As anyone with a passing familiarity with contemporary British fiction will have noticed, his case for modernism hasn’t exactly prevailed, so Josipovici laid the groundwork for his new book, What Ever Happened to Modernism?, by making a lot of noise. He attacked Amis. He attacked Barnes. He attacked the prim insularity of Englishness as an existential category. His book has provoked the same kind of reckoning in the British literary press as Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom recently has on American shores. It’s a rare book that demands a culture take stock of its own presumptions, and for that Josipovici deserves no small amount of credit. But a book that throws down this kind of gauntlet asks to be held to the highest standard, and this is where Josipovici begins to run into trouble. [More here.]

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  1. Katherine Moore
    January 16th, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    Reading your review of Foreign Bodies led me to this piece. I am glad to discover your work and particularly interested in the light it sheds on the relationship between one’s reading life and lived life.