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Henry Miller and Modernism

The Years in Paris, 1930–1939

  • Reads Miller in connection with European modernism that greatly influenced his work

  • Situates Miller within key modernist movements

  • Contributes to the study of literary and the city


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Finn Jensen
    Pages 1-16
  3. Finn Jensen
    Pages 17-27
  4. Finn Jensen
    Pages 43-52
  5. Finn Jensen
    Pages 53-69
  6. Finn Jensen
    Pages 83-89
  7. Finn Jensen
    Pages 91-125
  8. Finn Jensen
    Pages 127-137
  9. Finn Jensen
    Pages 149-156
  10. Finn Jensen
    Pages 157-168
  11. Finn Jensen
    Pages 169-193
  12. Finn Jensen
    Pages 195-228
  13. Finn Jensen
    Pages 229-242
  14. Finn Jensen
    Pages 243-288
  15. Finn Jensen
    Pages 289-310
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 311-315

About this book


Henry Miller and Modernism: The Years in Paris, 1930–1939 represents a major reevaluation of Henry Miller, focusing on the Paris texts from 1930 to 1939. Finn Jensen analyzes Miller in the light of European modernism, in particular considering the many impulses Miller received in Paris. Jensen draws on theories of urban modernity to connect Miller’s narratives of a male protagonist alone in a modern metropolis with his time in Paris where he experienced a self-discovery as a writer. The book highlights several sources of inspiration for Miller including Nietzsche, Rimbaud, Hamsun, Strindberg and the American Transcendentalists. Jensen considers the key movements of modernity and analyzes their importance for Miller, studying Eschatology, the Avant-Garde, Dada, Surrealism, Expressionism, and Anarchism. 


Henry Miller modernist literature European modernism modernity modernist movements literary urban studies Paris

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

About the authors

Finn Jensen is Lecturer, Researcher, Retired, at the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Open College, Denmark.

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