Restless Secularism

Modernism and the Religious Inheritance

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Matthew Mutter
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , June
     336 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Ben Brazil forthcoming.


A scholarly and deeply sensitive study that explores how religion and secularism are tightly interwoven in the major works of modernist literature.

Matthew Mutter provides a broad survey of modernist literature, examining key works against a background of philosophy, theology, intellectual and social history, while tracing the relationship of modernism’s secular imagination to the religious cultures that both preceded and shaped it. Mutter’s provocative study demonstrates how, despite their explicit desire to purify secular life of its religious residues, Wallace Stevens, Virginia Woolf, and other literary modernists consistently found themselves entangled in the religious legacies they disavowed.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Matthew Mutter is assistant professor of literature at Bard College. His essays and reviews have appeared in English Literary History, The Journal of Modern Literature, Modernism/Modernity, and other publications. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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