SueEllen Campbell is associate professor of English at Bowling Green State University. Her articles on Wyndham Lewis and on modern literature have been published in the Journal of Modern Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, and Modern Fiction Studies. She is now working on a study of American non-fiction wilderness narratives.
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The Enemy Opposite
The Outlaw Criticism of Wyndham Lewis
By SueEllen Campbell
Among modernist critics Wyndham Lewis stands out because of the energy and drama of his “aggressive partisan pen—made to hurl epithets, or of the sort to use, in controversy, as a dangerous polemical lance.” With this pen Lewis created the Enemy, a flamboyant, hostile, solitary figure whose voice and stance vividly embodied the principles structuring his criticism. The frontiers of this criticism—the Enemy criticism—are best marked by the comments of his two long-time friends, T.S.