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By Steve Pinkerton

students have lengthy defined modernism as "heretical" or "iconoclastic" in its attacks on secular traditions of shape, style, and decorum. but critics have paid unusually little cognizance to the comparable class of blasphemy--the rhetoric of spiritual offense--and to the categorical methods this rhetoric operates in, and as, literary modernism. United by way of a shared dedication to "the note made flesh," writers corresponding to James Joyce, Mina Loy, Richard Bruce Nugent, and Djuna Barnes made blasphemy a key portion of their modernist perform, profaning the very scriptures and sacraments that fueled their artwork. In doing in order that they belied T. S. Eliot's verdict that the forces of secularization had rendered blasphemy out of date in an more and more godless century ("a international during which blasphemy is impossible"); their poems and fictions display the level to which faith persevered as a cultural strength after the dying of God. extra, their transgressions highlight a politics of faith that has seldom engaged the eye of modernist reviews. Blasphemy respects no department of church and country, and neither do the writers who wield it to profane all demeanour of coercive dogmas--including ecclesiastical in addition to extra worldly ideologies of race, category, kingdom, empire, gender, and sexuality. The late-century instance of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses affords, eventually, an illustration of ways modernism persists in postwar anglophone literature and of the position blasphemy performs in that endurance. Blasphemous Modernism thus resonates with the wider cultural and ideological matters that during fresh years have enriched the scope of modernist scholarship.

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