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Literary Primitivism

Ben Etherington


This book comprehensively redefines literary primitivism, arguing that it was an aesthetic project formed in reaction to the high point of imperialist expansion at the start of the twentieth century. As those spaces in which “primitive” forms of existence were imagined to be possible were either directly colonized or otherwise forcibly integrated into a geographically totalized capitalist world-system, so dissenting writers responded by trying to reawaken primitive experience by means of literary practice. This thesis breaks with the orthodox understanding of primitivism as a transhistorical t ... More

Keywords: primitivism, imperialism, decolonization, modern world-system, immediacy, mediation, Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, D. H. Lawrence, Claude McKay

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781503602366
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503602366.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Etherington, author
Western Sydney University