ABSTRACT

This conclusion discusses the ethical risks of informality. Further, drawing upon my discussion of modernist works here, and on an insight from Simone de Beauvoir, it theorizes modernist informality as a form of inverted dignity and respect for the unfamiliar. I briefly discuss literary modernism’s critiques of presumption, and then turn to modernist resistance to surveillance of others, while not evading criticism or even condemnation of itself. It, thus, opens interpretive space for reading and revision as ethical grounds.