Competing Stories : Modernist Authors, Newspapers, and the Movies, Hardback Book

Competing Stories : Modernist Authors, Newspapers, and the Movies Hardback


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Major changes in media in the late 19th and early 20th centuries challenged traditional ideas about artistic representation and opened new avenues for authors working in the modernist period.

Modernist authors' reactions to this changing media landscape were often fraught with complications and shed light on the difficulty of negotiating, understanding, and depicting media.

The author of Competing Stories: Modernist Authors, Newspapers, and the Movies argues that negative depictions of newspapers and movies, in modernist fiction, largely stem from worries about the competition for modern audiences and the desire for control over storytelling and reflections of the modern world.

This book looks at a moment of major change in media, the dominance of mass media that began with the primarily visual media of newspapers and movies, and the ways that authors like Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, James Joyce, Djuna Barnes, and others responded.

The author contends that an examination of this moment may facilitate a better understanding of the relationship between media and authorship in our constantly shifting media landscape.


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