Though modernism is generally associated with metropolitan centres, experiences of contact with peripheral regions of Southern Europe, North Africa and the Near East played a significant role in the shaping of the literary, artistic and intellectual debate of the early twentieth century. The seven essays included in this book zoom in on the literature-and-politics nexus and highlight the reception – by British and North American men and women of letters – of the political turmoil occurring in the Mediterranean countries in the early decades of the century, ranging from Egypt to Morocco, from Italy to Turkey. Side by side with well-known "high" modernists such as Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound, this collection surveys Edith Wharton, Aldous Huxley, Norman Douglas, Marmaduke Pickthall, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, and others who are rarely associated with canonical Anglo-American modernism.
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