This Cambridge History is the first major history of twentieth-century English literature to cover the full range of writing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The volume also explores the impact of writing from the former colonies on English literature of the period and analyses the ways in which conventional literary genres were shaped and inflected by the new cultural technologies of radio, cinema, and television. In providing an authoritative narrative of literary and cultural production across the century, this History acknowledges the claims for innovation and modernization that chracterise the beginning of the period. At the same time, it attends analytically to the more profound patterns of continuity and development which avant-garde tendencies characteristically underplay. Containing all the virtues of a Cambridge History, this new volume is a major event for anyone concerned with twentieth-century literature, its cultural context, and its relation to the contemporary.
• A major history of twentieth-century literature by forty-five experts in the field • Covers writing across the century in all genres from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland • An invaluable work of reference and a stimulating selection of essays that students and scholars will turn to again and again
Introduction Laura Marcus and Peter Nicholls; Part I. Before Modernism: 1. Science and knowledge at the beginning of the twentieth century Patrick Parrinder; 2. The Victorian Fin de Siècle and the decadence century: versions of the modern Enlightenment Regenia Gagnier; 3. Empire and modern writing Elleke Boehmer; 4. The gender of modernity Ann Ardis; Part II. The Emerging Avant-Garde: 5. Edwardians to Georgians Robert Caserio; 6. The avant-garde, Bohemia, and mainstream culture Tyrus Miller; 7. 'Our London, my London, your London': the modernist moment in the metropolis Peter Brooker; 8. Futurism, literature and the market Paul Edwards; 9. Literature and the First World War Vincent Sherry; Part III. Modernism and its Aftermath, 1918–1945: 10. Trauma and war memory Deborah Parsons; 11. The time-mind of the nineteen-twenties Michael Levenson; 12. Modern life: fiction and satire David Bradshaw; 13. Modernist poetry and poetics Ronald Bush; 14. Modernity and myth Steven Connor; 15. Psychoanalysis and literature Lyndsey Stonebridge; 16. Biography and autobiography: 1918–45 Max Saunders; 17. 'Speed, violence, women, America': popular fictions, 1918–1945 David Glover; 18. Theatre and drama between the wars 1918–1939 Maggie Gale; 19. Literature and cinema Laura Marcus; 20. The 1930s Rod Mengham; 21. Literary criticism and cultural politics David Ayers; 22. Surrealism in England Peter Nicholls; 23. World War Two: Contested Europe Adam Piette; 24. World War Two: the city in ruins Michael North; Part IV. 1945–1970: Postwar Cultures: 25. Culture, class and education, 1945–70 Ken Hirschkop; 26. Post-War broadcast drama Keith Williams; 27. Drama and the new theatre companies Trevor Griffiths; 28. British poetry 1945–1970: Modernism and anti-modernism Keith Tuma and Nate Dorward; 29. Nation, region, place: devolving cultures Morag Shiach; 30. The nineteen-sixties: Realism and experiment John Lucas; 31.'Voyaging in': colonialism and migration 1945–70 Susheila Nasta; Part V. 1970–2000: 32. The seventies and the cult of culture Tim Armstrong; 33. Feminism and writing: the politics of culture Patricia Waugh; 34. The half-lives of literary fictions: genre fictions in the twentieth century Scott McCracken; 35. Theatre and politics 1970–2002 Simon Shepherd; 36. Tradition and modernity: Irish literature since 1970 Ronan McDonald; 37. Second Renaissance: Scottish literature since 1968 Gerry Carruthers; 38. Towards devolution: Welsh writing since 1970 Jane Aaron; 39. British-Jewish writing and the turn towards diaspora Bryan Cheyette; 40. Fiction and postmodernity Julian Murphet; 41. Postcolonial fictions Tim Woods; 42. Writing lives: biography and autobiography 1970–2000 Alison Light; 43. Poetry since 1970 Peter Middleton; 44. Ending the century: literature and digital technology Roger Luckhurst.
'The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature is an event to be celebrated by modernist and other twentieth-century scholars …individual contributions are, without exception, written with both intelligence and an engaging energy, and many, even most, manage both to present economically what 'everyone knows or else should know' … 'The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature is then an altogether fitting monument to the literature of the past century, and a rich artifact of modernist and twentieth-century studies …' Kevin J .H. Dettmar, Modernism/Modernity
'It is one of the great achievements of this volume that the editors have managed to synthesise the period into a coherent history while also giving space to the varied perspectives of their contributors and to the multiple voices of their subjects. As a reference work, it is an essential tool for the undergraduate and taught postgraduate market.' Jessica Gardner, Emerald: Reference Reviews
'The range is enormous and the contributions from scholars in Britain, Australia, and the U. S. bring their individual insights to bear on the century's literary output and trends. It fully maintains the high standard already set by this series.' Contemporary Review
'The editors of this volume, the first published literary history of the whole of the twentieth-century, have laid down an authoritative marker against which future histories of the period should be judged. As a reference work, it is an essential tool for the undergraduate and taught postgraduate market.' Emerald