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Within the history of modernity, the tragic shape and ethical concerns of the Antigone myth have made it a touchstone for understanding contemporary cultural and political realities. This essay traces the modernist processes of adaptation, citation, displacement, and revision that have often...
One striking commonality between Vaslav Nijinsky's The Afternoon of a Faun (1912) and the ‘Nausicaa’ chapter in James Joyce's Ulysses (1922) is that both culminate with masturbation scenes and were met with similar reactions – outrage and censorship. Upon closer consideration, the similarities...
Throughout his work, Samuel Beckett interrogates the idea that voice is an authentic conduit for identity. Radio distorts, edits, and projects speech, and so broadcasting was a natural choice for his lifelong experiment. Both objects – radio and voice – are also fundamentally spatial. They...
This article addresses the ways in which the writings of Le Corbusier interacted with modernist architectural thought in Britain. It focusses on Frederick Etchells, who translated Vers une architecture in 1927, and analyses key influences upon his intellectual development and approach to design,...
The epigraph to T. S. Eliot's long poem The Waste Land (1922) is one of the most well-known paratexts of twentieth-century literature. However, as previous scholars have noted, the popularized English translation from the Ancient Greek of Petronius’ Satyricon contains a small but significant...
This is a recuperative essay addressing the work of Eithne Wilkins (1914–75), a poet with a strong presence in journals of the 1940s and 1950s, but now mainly remembered as the first translator (with her husband Ernst Kaiser) of Musil's The Man Without Qualities. I argue for her importance as a...
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