Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Mourning Modernism – Literature, Catastrophe, and the Politics of Consolation - Fordham Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mourning Modernism: Literature, Catastrophe, and the Politics of Consolation

Lecia Rosenthal


This book examines the writing of catastrophe, mass death, and collective loss in 20th-century literature and criticism. With particular focus on texts by Virginia Woolf, Walter Benjamin, and W.G. Sebald, the book engages the century's signal preoccupation with world-ending, a mixed rhetoric of totality and rupture, finitude and survival, the end and its posthumous remainders. Fascinated with the threat of apocalypse, the century proliferates the spectacle of world-ending as a form of desire, an ambivalent compulsion to consume and outlive the end of all. In conversation with recent discussion ... More

Keywords: catastrophe, mass death, collective loss, world-ending, trauma, sublime, modernism, Virginia Woolf, Walter Benjamin, W.G. Sebald

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823233977
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233977.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lecia Rosenthal, author
Department of English, Tufts University