German Cinema, 1920-1930

by Eike Kronshage The beginning of German cinema is very often said to be February 27, 1920: the premiere of Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (cf. Kracauer 65-66; Eisner 17-26; Ott 52). For earlier times it is often stated by critics, that Germany had no film industry of its own (Kracauer 15). As… Continue Reading German Cinema, 1920-1930

The Apes of God

by Len Gutkin If Wyndham Lewis, like food cured in lye, is an acquired taste, then The Apes of God (1930), a massive satiric roman-a-clef of unrivaled toxicity, is a glass of straight lye taken neat. “No one’s favorite book,”[1] this longest of Lewis’s works of fiction—623 tightly printed pages in the beautiful Black Sparrow… Continue Reading The Apes of God

D.H. Lawrence

Biography by Pericles Lewis A prolific poet, painter, and essayist, D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) is today best known for his novels, which remain popular with a general reading public in part because he maintained conventional syntax and grammar and fairly straightforward plots, such as the chronicle of several generations in the life of a family. Thematically, however,… Continue Reading D.H. Lawrence

Finnegans Wake

by Pericles Lewis Throughout the 1930s, James Joyce published excerpts of Finnegans Wake, which combined the anarchic energies of the avant-garde with the epic ambitions of high modernism. The Wake tells of a mythical world, bearing some resemblance to the Dublin of Ulysses, but dreamed of by a sleeping, drunken man, possibly a giant, possibly… Continue Reading Finnegans Wake

“James Joyce’s Method —Regarding the ‘Stream of Consciousness’ “

by Michael Chan James Joyce’s Method—Regarding the “Stream of Consciousness” (Jeimuzu Joisu no metōdo “ishiki no nagare” ni tsuite) is an article published in June 1930 in the journal Shi, genjitsu by the author and literary critic Itō Sei (1905-1969), who was also one of a team of three Japanese translators that prepared the first… Continue Reading “James Joyce’s Method —Regarding the ‘Stream of Consciousness’ “