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The Art of HungerAesthetic Autonomy and the Afterlives of Modernism$
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Alys Moody

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198828891

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198828891.001.0001

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The Modernist Art of Hunger

The Modernist Art of Hunger

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The Art of Hunger

Alys Moody

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 reconstructs the canon that forms the basis of later writers’ deployment of the art of hunger. It sketches the aesthetic framework of the art of hunger through four of its exemplary texts—Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist,” Knut Hamsun’s Hunger, Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” and the poetry of Rimbaud—and locates these foundational writings in the context of their later redeployment by surrealist and “lost generation” writers. Reading these texts and authors both in their own moments and as they have been read by later writers and scholars, it seeks to derive the theory of art that later writers engage with when they redeploy the art of hunger in new contexts.

Keywords:   modernism, hunger, aesthetic autonomy, Herman Melville, Arthur Rimbaud, Knut Hamsun, Franz Kafka

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