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date: 14 December 2019

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This article examines the relationship between the disciplines of modernist studies and twentieth-century literary theory. Examples of this close relationship are theories focusing on literature's context, particularly the cultural materialism developed in the tradition of Marxist and post-Marxist criticism. The article discusses the principles of Russian formalism and New Criticism, and comments on New Criticism's general claim that literature and the act of reading bear a close resemblance to modernist poetics.

Keywords: modernist studies, literary theory, cultural materialism, Russian formalism, New Criticism, literature, reading, modernist poetics

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