Urban contexts, urbane consciousness and the eccentric slant of modernisms
in EccentriCities
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Modernist writers converge in St. Petersburg and Rio de Janeiro, Moscow and Sao Paulo, as in Paris, London, Lisbon, Prague, New York and other cities whose contours filter into their fictions. These cities concentrate publication venues, a reading public and the political and critical establishments that redefine modern literary production. Eccentric literature recalculates modernist time and place and structure, through the narrators who playfully and perversely cast themselves as deviants and their works as paradoxically authentic, authoritative and even ethical deviations. Cross-examining dynamics of urbane discourse and consciousness in discrete Russian and Brazilian contexts elucidates both eccentric derivations of European modernism and distinctly eccentric modes of modernist construction. Redesigned space and movement in these eccentrically circling narratives as alternative to and anticipation of the works of such concentric writers as Charles Pierre Baudelaire, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James and Thomas Stearns Eliot, examined by Georges Poulet.


Writing in the margins of Modernism


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