The extinct scene is a superb conceptual and historical contribution to twentieth century literary studies treating the period of geopolitical crisis between world war i and world war ii thomas s davis rethinks the legacies of avant gardism and modernism in britain in the wake of world war i tracing an outward turn that enfolds modernist . In the introduction i identify two dimensions of late modernisms outward turn to everyday life it mediates a structural transformation in the world system and induces a change in the priorities and functions of modernist art and literature. In this regard late modernist film fiction and art renounce the avant garde experiments of high modernism interruptions lyrical monologues defamiliarization unless they address the radical disruptions inflicted on everyday life by geopolitical forces. The extinct scene late modernism and everyday life new york columbia up 2015 xi 307 pp in daviss words late modernist texts look to the everyday to explain a historical transformation in the structure of the world system 2. The extinct scene late modernism and everyday life in 1935 the english novelist stephen spender wrote that the historical pressures of his era should turn the readers and writers attention outwards from himself to the world
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