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Eliot and the Politics of Modernism

  • K. M. Newton
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Abstract

Eliot has been generally excluded from those nineteenth-century writers who anticipate modernism, being identified with those who assumed continual progress and had no conception how this would be shattered by the Great War. But she became more bleak about the future following the ‘Barbarism’ of the Franco-Prussian War. Though there are superficial links with the radical right-wing politics of certain modernists, being sceptical about aspects of modern democracy, her affinities are rather with left-leaning modernists with socialist sympathies. She is a critic of colonialism, social inequality and the alienation created by capitalism and the money culture. Despite the strong sceptical strain in her thinking, for example about socialist economics, she retains utopian hope that change for the better can never be ruled out.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. M. Newton
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  1. 1.University of DundeeDundeeUK

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