students have lengthy defined modernism as "heretical" or "iconoclastic" in its attacks on secular traditions of shape, style, and decorum. but critics have paid strangely little awareness to the similar classification of blasphemy--the rhetoric of non secular offense--and to the explicit methods this rhetoric operates in, and as, literary modernism. United by way of a shared dedication to "the note made flesh," writers equivalent to James Joyce, Mina Loy, Richard Bruce Nugent, and Djuna Barnes made blasphemy a key part of their modernist perform, profaning the very scriptures and sacraments that fueled their artwork. In doing so that they belied T. S. Eliot's verdict that the forces of secularization had rendered blasphemy out of date in an more and more godless century ("a global during which blasphemy is impossible"); their poems and fictions exhibit the level to which faith continued as a cultural strength after the demise of God. extra, their transgressions highlight a politics of faith that has seldom engaged the eye of modernist stories. 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, country, empire, gender, and sexuality. The late-century instance of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses affords, ultimately, an illustration of the way modernism persists in postwar anglophone literature and of the function blasphemy performs in that patience. Blasphemous Modernism thus resonates with the wider cultural and ideological issues that during contemporary years have enriched the scope of modernist scholarship.
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