‘A serious place’: Wyndham Lewis, Tarr, and the Café
Betsworth, LG (2016). ‘A serious place’: Wyndham Lewis, Tarr, and the Café. Textual Practice. 31 (4), pp. 725-746.
This article explores the significance of the café in Wyndham Lewis’s first published novel, Tarr (1918). Charting the importance of the space upon Lewis’s formative life as a student in Europe and later among his literary peers, it proposes that Lewis has an idealised conception of the café, which stems from the legacy of the coffeehouses of the seventeenth and eighteenth century and the Russian tavern from Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (1880). By comparing these ideals against the contemporary milieu in which Lewis found himself, we gain greater insight into the rhetorical intentions for the novel, such as the assault on bourgeois-bohemian café culture, as well as ultimately discovering that Lewis’s conception of the café has a fundamental role in the construction and form of the novel itself.
|Keywords||Modernist Literature; Café Society; Bourgeois-bohemia; Space and Place; 2005 Literary Studies; Literary Studies|
|Journal citation||31 (4), pp. 725-746|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/0950236X.2016.1189456.|
|08 Jul 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||16 Apr 2018|
|Accepted||24 Mar 2015|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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