Jesse Matz is William P. Rice Professor of English at Kenyon College. He is the author of Literary Impressionism and Modernist Aesthetics and Lasting Impressions: The Legacies of Impressionism in Contemporary Culture. His current book, Modernist Time Ecology, is under advance contract with Johns Hopkins University Press. He is series editor of Frontiers of Narrative at the University of Nebraska Press and a member of the editorial committee for Modernism/modernity.
How modernism transformed the conditions of history is the subject of Robert S. Lehman’s excellent Impossible Modernism, a book that should change the way we do history in modernist studies. Lehman surveys recent and current historicist work in the field and rightly argues that “[i]n their eagerness to read modernism historically, critics have rarely paused to consider how history is read by modernism” (xv).