British Fiction After Modernism

British Fiction After Modernism
Author: M. MacKay,L. Stonebridge
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 221
Release: 2007-01-08
ISBN: 0230801390
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

British Fiction After Modernism Book Excerpt:

This collection of essays offers a wide-ranging and provocative reassessment of the British novel's achievements after modernism. The book identifies continuities of preoccupation - with national identity, historiography and the challenge to literary form presented by public and private violence - that span the entire century.

The nouveau roman and Writing in Britain After Modernism

The nouveau roman and Writing in Britain After Modernism
Author: Adam Guy
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2019-12-05
ISBN: 0192589946
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The nouveau roman and Writing in Britain After Modernism Book Excerpt:

The nouveau roman and Writing in Britain After Modernism recovers a neglected literary history. In the late 1950s, news began to arrive in Britain of a group of French writers who were remaking the form of the novel. In the work of Michel Butor, Marguerite Duras, Robert Pinget, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraute, and Claude Simon, the hallmarks of novelistic writing—discernible characters, psychological depth, linear chronology—were discarded in favour of other aesthetic horizons. Transposed to Britain's highly polarized literary culture, the nouveau roman became a focal point for debates about the novel. For some, the nouveau roman represented an aberration, and a pernicious turn against the humanistic values that the novel embodied. For others, it provided a route out of the stultifying conventionality and conformism that had taken root in British letters. On both sides, one question persisted: given the innovations of interwar modernism, to what extent was the nouveau roman actually new? This book begins by drawing on publishers' archives and hitherto undocumented sources from a wide range of periodicals to show how the nouveau roman was mediated to the British public. Of central importance here is the publisher Calder & Boyars, and its belief that the nouveau roman could be enjoyed by a mass public. The book then moves onto literary responses in Britain to the nouveau roman, focusing on questions of translation, realism, the end of empire, and the writing of the project. From the translations of Maria Jolas, through to the hostile responses of the circle around C. P. Snow, and onto the literary debts expressed in novels by Brian W. Aldiss, Christine Brooke-Rose, Eva Figes, B. S. Johnson, Alan Sheridan, Muriel Spark, and Denis Williams, the nouveau roman is shown to be a central concern in the postwar British literary field.

Novel Theory and Technology in Modernist Britain

Novel Theory and Technology in Modernist Britain
Author: Heather Fielding
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2018-04-26
ISBN: 1108426042
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Novel Theory and Technology in Modernist Britain Book Excerpt:

Reveals that technology played a major role in modernism's theory of the novel.

The 1940s A Decade of Modern British Fiction

The 1940s  A Decade of Modern British Fiction
Author: Philip Tew,Glyn White
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2022-02-24
ISBN: 1350143022
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The 1940s A Decade of Modern British Fiction Book Excerpt:

How did social, cultural and political events concerning Britain during the 1940s reshape modern British fiction? During the Second World War and in its aftermath, British literature experienced and recorded drastic and decisive changes to old certainties. Moving from potential invasion and defeat to victory, the creation of the welfare state and a new Cold war threat, the pace of historical change seemed too rapid and monumental for writers to match. Consequently the 1940s were often side-lined in literary accounts as a dividing line between periods and styles. Drawing on more recent scholarship and research, this volume surveys and analyses this period's fascinating diversity, from novels of the Blitz and the Navy to the rise of important new voices with its contributors exploring the work of influential women, Commonwealth, exiled, genre, avant-garde and queer writers. A major critical re-evaluation of the intriguing decade, this book offers substantial chapters on Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, and George Orwell as well as covering such writers as Jocelyn Brooke, Monica Dickens, James Hadley Chase, Patrick Hamilton, Gerald Kersh, Daphne Du Maurier, Mary Renault, Denton Welch and many others.

Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture

Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture
Author: Paige Reynolds
Publsiher: Anthem Press
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2016-09-22
ISBN: 1783085746
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture Book Excerpt:

Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture explores manifestations of the themes, forms and practices of high modernism in Irish literature and culture produced subsequent to this influential movement. The interdisciplinary collection reveals how Irish artists grapple with modernist legacies and forge new modes of expression for modern and contemporary culture.

Late Modernism and the Avant Garde British Novel

Late Modernism and the Avant Garde British Novel
Author: Julia Jordan
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2020-03-24
ISBN: 0192599216
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Late Modernism and the Avant Garde British Novel Book Excerpt:

In the decades following the immediately postwar period in Britain, a loose grouping of experimental writers that included Alan Burns, Christine Brooke-Rose, B. S. Johnson, and Ann Quin worked against the dominance, as they saw it, of the realist novel of the literary mainstream. Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde British Novel reassesses the experimentalism versus realism debates of the period, and finds a body of work engaged with, rather than merely antagonistic towards, the literary culture it sought to renovate. Charting these engagements, it shows how they have significance not just for our understanding of these decades but for the broader movement of the novel through the century. This volume takes some of the claims made about experimental fiction—that it is unreadable, nonlinear, elliptical, errant, plotless—and reimagines these descriptors as historically inscribed tendencies that express the period's investment in the idea of the accidental. These novels are interested in the fleeting and the fugitive, in discontinuity and shock. The experimental novel cultivates an interest in methods of representation that are oblique: attempting to conjure the world at an angle, or in the rear-view mirror; by ellipsis or evasion. These concepts—error, indeterminacy, uncertainty, accident—all bear a relation to that which evades or resists interpretation and meaning. Asking what are the wider political, ethical, and philosophical correlates of this incommensurability, Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde British Novel reads experimental literature in this light, as suffused with anxiety about its adequacy in the light of its status as necessarily imitative and derivative, and therefore redolent of the forms of not-knowing and uncertainty that mark late modernism more generally.

Intermodernism

Intermodernism
Author: Kristin Bluemel
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2009-10-05
ISBN: 0748635106
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Intermodernism Book Excerpt:

These 10 original critical essays examine the fascinating writing of the Depression and World War II. Divided into four sections--Work, Community,War, and Documents--the volume focuses on texts that are typically ignored in accounts of modernism or The Auden Generation.Chapters examine writing by Elizabeth Bowen, Storm Jameson, William Empson, George Orwell, J. B. Priestley, Harold Heslop, T. H. White, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Rebecca West, John Grierson, Margery Allingham and Stella Gibbons. These authors were politically radical, or radically 'eccentric', and tended to be committed to working- and middle-class cultures, non-canonical genres, such as crime and fantasy, and minority forms of narrative, such as journalism, manifestos, film, and travel narratives, as well as novels. The volume supports further research with an appendix, 'Who Were the Intermodernists?', a listing of archival sources and an extensive bibliography.

The Legacies of Modernism

The Legacies of Modernism
Author: David James
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2011-10-20
ISBN: 1139503472
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Legacies of Modernism Book Excerpt:

An engagement with the continued importance of modernism is vital for building a nuanced account of the development of the novel after 1945. Bringing together internationally distinguished scholars of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, these essays reveal how the most innovative writers working today draw on the legacies of modernist literature. Dynamics of influence and adaptation are traced in dialogues between authors from across the twentieth century: Lawrence and A. S. Byatt, Woolf and J. M. Coetzee, Forster and Zadie Smith. The book sets out new critical and disciplinary foundations for rethinking the very terms we use to map the novel's progression and renewal, enhancing our understanding not only of what modernism was but also what it might still become. With its global reach, The Legacies of Modernism will appeal to scholars working not only in the new modernist studies, but also in postcolonial studies and comparative literature.

Art History and Postwar Fiction

Art  History  and Postwar Fiction
Author: Kevin Brazil
Publsiher: Oxford English Monographs
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2019-02-06
ISBN: 0198824459
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Art History and Postwar Fiction Book Excerpt:

Art, History, and Postwar Fiction explores the ways in which novelists responded to the visual arts from the aftermath of the Second World War to the present day. If art had long served as a foil to enable novelists to reflect on their craft, this book argues that in the postwar period, novelists turned to the visual arts to develop new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between literature and history. The sense that the novel was becalmed in the end of history was pervasive in the postwar decades. In seeming to bring modernism to a climax whilst repeating its foundational gestures, visual art also raised questions about the relationship between continuity and change in the development of art. In chapters on Samuel Beckett, William Gaddis, John Berger, and W. G. Sebald, and shorter discussions of writers like Doris Lessing, Kathy Acker, and Teju Cole, this book shows that writing about art was often a means of commenting on historical developments of the period: the Cold War, the New Left, the legacy of the Holocaust. Furthermore, it argues that forms of postwar visual art, from abstraction to the readymade, offered novelists ways of thinking about the relationship between form and history that went beyond models of reflection or determination. By doing so, this book also argues that attention to interactions between literature and art can provide critics with new ways to think about the relationship between literature and history beyond reductive oppositions between formalism and historicism, autonomy and context.

British Literature in Transition 1940 1960 Postwar

British Literature in Transition  1940   1960  Postwar
Author: Gill Plain
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-12-20
ISBN: 1108671594
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

British Literature in Transition 1940 1960 Postwar Book Excerpt:

'Postwar' is both a period and a state of mind, a sensibility comprised of hope, fear and fatigue in which British society and its writers paradoxically yearned both for political transformation and a nostalgic re-instatement of past securities. From the Labour landslide victory of 1945 to the emergence of the Cold War and the humiliation of Suez in 1956, this was a period of radical political transformation in Britain and beyond, but these changes resisted literary assimilation. Arguing that writing and history do not map straightforwardly one onto the other, and that the postwar cannot easily be fitted into the explanatory paradigms of modernism or postmodernism, this book offers a more nuanced recognition of what was written and read in the period. From wartime radio writing to 1950s travellers, cold war poetry to radical theatre, magazine cultures to popular fiction, this volume examines important debates that animated postwar Britain.

British Experimental Women s Fiction 1945 1975

British Experimental Women   s Fiction  1945   1975
Author: Andrew Radford,Hannah Van Hove
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2021-08-23
ISBN: 3030727661
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

British Experimental Women s Fiction 1945 1975 Book Excerpt:

This book scrutinizes a range of relatively overlooked post-WWII British women writers who sought to demonstrate that narrative prose fiction offered rich possibilities for aesthetic innovation. What unites all the primary authors in this volume is a commitment to challenging the tenets of British mimetic realism as a literary and historical phenomenon. This collection reassesses how British female novelists operated in relation to transnational vanguard networking clusters, debates and tendencies, both political and artistic. The chapters collected in this volume enquire, for example, whether there is something fundamentally different (or politically dissident) about female experimental procedures and perspectives. This book also investigates the processes of canon formation, asking why, in one way or another, these authors have been sidelined or misconstrued by recent scholarship. Ultimately, it seeks to refine a new research archive on mid-century British fiction by female novelists at least as diverse as recent and longer established work in the domain of modernist studies.

The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism

The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism
Author: Pericles Lewis
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-09-08
ISBN: 1107493609
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism Book Excerpt:

Modernism arose in a period of accelerating globalization in the late nineteenth century. Modernist writers and artists, while often loyal to their country in times of war, aimed to rise above the national and ideological conflicts of the early twentieth century in service to a cosmopolitan ideal. This Companion explores the international aspects of literary modernism by mapping the history of the movement across Europe and within each country. The essays place the various literary traditions within a social and historical context and set out recent critical debates. Particular attention is given to the urban centers in which modernism developed – from Dublin to Zürich, Barcelona to Warsaw – and to the movements of modernists across national borders. A broad, accessible account of European modernism, this Companion explores what this cosmopolitan movement can teach us about life as a citizen of Europe and of the world.

British Social Realism in the Arts since 1940

British Social Realism in the Arts since 1940
Author: D. Tucker
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2011-07-01
ISBN: 0230306381
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

British Social Realism in the Arts since 1940 Book Excerpt:

This is the first book of its kind to look across disciplines at this vital aspect of British art, literature and culture. It brings the various intertwined histories of social realism into historical perspective, and argues that this sometimes marginalized genre is still an important reference point for creativity in Britain.

A Grain of Faith

A Grain of Faith
Author: Allan Hepburn
Publsiher: Oxford Mid-Century Studies
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2019-01-29
ISBN: 0198828578
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Grain of Faith Book Excerpt:

During and after the Second World War, there was a concerted thinking about religion in Britain. Not only were leading international thinkers of the day theologians--Ronald Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Jacques Maritain--but leading writers contributed to discussions about religion. Graham Greene, Muriel Spark, and Barbara Pym incorporated miracles, evil, and church-going into their novels, while Louis MacNeice, T. S. Eliot, and C. S. Lewis gave radio broadcasts about the role of Christianity in contemporary society. Certainly the war revived interest in aspects of Christian life. Salvation and redemption were on many people's minds. The Ministry of Information used images of bombed churches to stoke patriotic fervour, and King George VI led a series of Days of National Prayer that coincided with crucial events in the Allied campaign. After the war and throughout the 1950s, approximately 1.4 million Britons converted to Roman Catholicism as a way of expressing their spiritual ambitions and solidarity with humanity on a world-wide scale. Religion provided one way for writers to answer the question, 'what is man?' It also afforded ways to think about social obligation and ethical engagement. Moreover, the mid-century turn to religion offered ways to articulate statehood, not from the perspective of nationhood and politics, but from the perspective of moral action and social improvement. Instead of being a retreat into seclusion and solitude, the mid-century turn to religion is a call to responsibility.

Moving Modernisms

Moving Modernisms
Author: David Bradshaw,Laura Marcus,Rebecca Roach
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2016-07-08
ISBN: 0191023604
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Moving Modernisms Book Excerpt:

The essays in Moving Modernisms: Motion, Technology, and Modernity, written by renowned international scholars, open up the many dimensions and arenas of modernist movement and movements: spatial, geographical and political: affective and physiological; temporal and epochal; technological, locomotive and metropolitan; aesthetic and representational. Individual essays explore modernism's complex geographies, focusing on Anglo-European modernisms while also engaging with the debates engendered by recent models of world literatures and global modernisms. From questions of space and place, the volume moves to a focus on movement and motion, with topics ranging from modernity and bodily energies to issues of scale and quantity. The final chapters in the volume examine modernist film and the moving image, and travel and transport in the modern metropolis. 'Movement is reality itself', the philosopher Henri Bergson wrote: the original and illuminating essays in Moving Modernisms point in new ways to the realities, and the fantasies, of movement in modernist culture.

Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War

Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War
Author: Ralf Schneider,Jane Potter
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 540
Release: 2021-09-20
ISBN: 3110422557
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War Book Excerpt:

The First World War has given rise to a multifaceted cultural production like no other historical event. This handbook surveys British literature and film about the war from 1914 until today. The continuing interest in World War I highlights the interdependence of war experience, the imaginative re-creation of that experience in writing, and individual as well as collective memory. In the first part of the handbook, the major genres of war writing and film are addressed, including of course poetry and the novel, but also the short story; furthermore, it is shown how our conception of the Great War is broadened when looked at from the perspective of gender studies and post-colonial criticism. The chapters in the second part present close readings of important contributions to the literary and filmic representation of World War I in Great Britain. All in all, the contributions demonstrate how the opposing forces of focusing and canon-formation on the one hand, and broadening and revision of the canon on the other, have characterised British literature and culture of the First World War.

Migrant Modernism

Migrant Modernism
Author: J. Dillon Brown
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2013
ISBN: 0813933943
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Migrant Modernism Book Excerpt:

In Migrant Modernism, J. Dillon Brown examines the intersection between British literary modernism and the foundational West Indian novels that emerged in London after World War II. By emphasizing the location in which anglophone Caribbean writers such as George Lamming, V. S. Naipaul, and Samuel Selvon produced and published their work, Brown reveals a dynamic convergence between modernism and postcolonial literature that has often been ignored. Modernist techniques not only provided a way for these writers to mark their difference from the aggressively English, literalist aesthetic that dominated postwar literature in London but also served as a self-critical medium through which to treat themes of nationalism, cultural inheritance, and identity.

The History of British Women s Writing 1920 1945

The History of British Women s Writing  1920 1945
Author: Jennie Batchelor,Cora Kaplan,Caroline Bicks,Maroula Joannou,Jennifer Summit
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2010-01-01
ISBN: 0230282792
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The History of British Women s Writing 1920 1945 Book Excerpt:

Provides essays offering a critical analysis and describing the history of British women's literature, from 700 to the present day.

Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden
Author: Dr Lucy Le-Guilcher,Dr Phyllis B Lassner
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-04-28
ISBN: 1409475794
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rumer Godden Book Excerpt:

From 1929 to 1997, Rumer Godden published more than 60 books, including novels, biographies, children's books, and poetry; this is the first collection devoted to this important transnational writer. Focusing on Godden's writing from the 1930s onward, the contributors uncover the breadth and variety of the literary landscape on display in works such as Black Narcissus, The Lady and the Unicorn, A Fugue in Time, and The River. Often drawing on her own experiences living in India and Britain, Godden establishes a diverse narrative topography that allows her to engage with issues related to her own uncertain position as an author representing such nomadic Others as gypsies, or taking up the displacements brought about by international conflict. Recognizing that studies of the transnational must consider the condition of enforced and elected exile within the changing political and cultural borders of postcolonial nations, the contributors position Godden with respect to different and overlapping fields of inquiry: modern literary history; colonial, postcolonial, and transnational studies; inter-media studies; and children's literature. Taken together, the essays in this volume demonstrate the richness and variety of Godden's writing and render the myriad ways in which Godden is an important critical presence in mid-twentieth-century fiction.

Youth Culture and the Post War British Novel

Youth Culture and the Post War British Novel
Author: Stephen Ross
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2018-12-13
ISBN: 1350067873
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Youth Culture and the Post War British Novel Book Excerpt:

From the Teddy Boys of the post-war decade to the heroin chic of “Cool Britannia,” the many subcultures of Britain's teenagers have often been at the forefront of social change. Youth Culture and the Post-War British Novel is the first book to chart that history through the work of some of the most influential contemporary British writers. In this vivid work of cultural history, Stephen Ross explores: · The manic teenage vision of Absolute Beginners · The Angry Young Men of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning · Skinheads and Burgess's A Clockwork Orange · Irony and authenticity in the 1980s – from Amis to Kureishi · Heroin chic, disaffection and Trainspotting Examining the cultural contexts of some of the most important and popular post-1945 British novels, the book covers such themes as crises of masculinity, multiculturalism and inter-generational conflict, and in doing so casts new light on British writing today.