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By Robert S. Lehman

Impossible Modernism reads the writings of German thinker and critic Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) and Anglo-American poet and critic T. S. Eliot (1888–1965) to envision the connection among literary and historic shape in the course of the modernist interval. It focuses really on how they either resisted the varieties of narration confirmed by means of nineteenth-century educational historians and grew to become in its place to standard literary devices—lyric, satire, anecdote, and allegory—to reimagine the kinds that historic illustration could take. Tracing the fraught dating among poetry and historical past again to Aristotle's Poetics and ahead to Nietzsche's Untimely Meditations, Robert S. Lehman establishes the coordinates of the intellectual-historical challenge that Eliot and Benjamin inherited and gives an research of the way they grappled with this legacy of their significant works.

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