The University Press of Florida is pleased to announce the publication of two new titles in modernist literature. These books look at the work of Irish writers in exile and how D. H. Lawrence’s “savage pilgrimage” to Mexico and New Mexico impacted American literature.
by Nels Pearson
“Clearly written, convincingly argued, and transformative.”—Nicholas Allen, author of Modernism, Ireland and Civil War
“Goes beyond ‘statism’ and postnationalism toward a cosmopolitics of Irish transnationalism in which national belonging and national identity are permanently in transition.”—Gregory Castle, author of The Literary Theory Handbook
Looking at the writing of Irish expatriates James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, and Samuel Beckett, Nels Pearson argues that their work is torn between an incomplete sense of national belonging and new ideas of global human universality. In these writers, we can see the displacement felt by many Irish citizens due to an ever-changing homeland made unsteady by long and turbulent decolonization. Searching for a sense of place between national and global identities, their work shows a twofold struggle: to pinpoint national identity while adapting to a fluid cosmopolitan world.
by Lee M. Jenkins
“A critically sharp and well-informed argument for a radical and American Lawrence.”—Neil Roberts, author of D.H. Lawrence, Travel and Cultural Difference
“Jenkins makes a major contribution to Lawrence studies.”—Earl G. Ingersoll, author of D. H. Lawrence, Desire, and Narrative
Known as a distinctly English author, D. H. Lawrence is reevaluated as a creator and critic of American literature in this imaginative study. From 1922 to 1925, during his “savage pilgrimage” in Mexico and New Mexico, Lawrence completed the core of his “American oeuvre”—including his major volume of criticism, Studies in Classic American Literature. By examining Lawrence’s experiences in the Americas, including his fascination with indigenous cultures, Lee Jenkins shows how the modernist writer helped shape both American literary criticism and the American literary canon.