The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Robert McNamara

This literature criticism consists of approximately 30 pages of analysis & critique of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
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Critical Essay by Robert McNamara

SOURCE: “‘Prufrock’ and the Problem of Literary Narcissism,” in Contemporary Literature, Vol. 27, Fall, 1986, pp. 356-77.

In the following essay, McNamara attempts to place “Prufrock” outside the ideology of literary narcissism of the modernist movement.

The central failure of modernist literature, according to George Lukács's vehement critique in “The Ideology of Modernism,” is that it denies the historically situated character of human thought and action and in so doing denies the power of human actions to effect social change. Modernist literature, says Lukács, is rooted in a bourgeois ideology, at the center of which a self-made and self-contained individual confronts history, but history given a static, and as such fundamentally a historical, form. Like the bourgeois ideology...

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