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The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature

The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature

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Part of The New Cambridge History of English Literature

Laura Marcus, Peter Nicholls, Patrick Parrinder, Regenia Gagnier, Elleke Boehmer, Ann Ardis, Robert Caserio, Tyrus Miller, Peter Brooker, Paul Edwards, Vincent Sherry, Deborah Parsons, Michael Levenson, David Bradshaw, Ronald Bush, Steven Connor, Lyndsey Stonebridge, Max Saunders, David Glover, Maggie Gale, Rod Mengham, David Ayers, Adam Piete, Michael North, Ken Hirschkop, Keith Williams, Trevor Griffiths, Keith Tuma, Nate Dorward, Morag Shiach, John Lucas, Susheila Nasta, Tim Armstrong, Patricia Waugh, Scott McCracken, Simon Shepherd, Ronan McDonald, Gerry Carruthers, Jane Aaron, Bryan Cheyette, Julian Murphet, Tim Woods, Alison Light, Peter Middleton, Roger Luckhurst, Liam McIlvanney
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  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521820776

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  • 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
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    '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

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521820776
    • length: 897 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 163 x 46 mm
    • weight: 1.377kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Editors

    Laura Marcus, University of Sussex
    Laura Marcus is Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature and a Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford. She has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture. Her publications include Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice (1994/1998), Virginia Woolf: Writers and their Work (1997, new edition 2004), and The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (2007). She has edited or co-edited a number of volumes, including The Actuality of Walter Benjamin (1993/1998), 'Close Up' 1927–1933: Cinema and Modernism (1998), Sigmund Freud's 'The Interpretation of Dreams': New Interdisciplinary Essays (1999), and Mass-Observation as Poetics and Science (2001).

    Peter Nicholls, University of Sussex
    Peter Nicholls is Professor of English at New York University. His publications include Ezra Pound: Politics, Economics and Writing, Modernisms: A Literary Guide, George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism, and many articles and essays on literature and theory. He recently co-edited On Bathos and is currently U.S. editor of Textual Practice.

    Contributors

    Laura Marcus, Peter Nicholls, Patrick Parrinder, Regenia Gagnier, Elleke Boehmer, Ann Ardis, Robert Caserio, Tyrus Miller, Peter Brooker, Paul Edwards, Vincent Sherry, Deborah Parsons, Michael Levenson, David Bradshaw, Ronald Bush, Steven Connor, Lyndsey Stonebridge, Max Saunders, David Glover, Maggie Gale, Rod Mengham, David Ayers, Adam Piete, Michael North, Ken Hirschkop, Keith Williams, Trevor Griffiths, Keith Tuma, Nate Dorward, Morag Shiach, John Lucas, Susheila Nasta, Tim Armstrong, Patricia Waugh, Scott McCracken, Simon Shepherd, Ronan McDonald, Gerry Carruthers, Jane Aaron, Bryan Cheyette, Julian Murphet, Tim Woods, Alison Light, Peter Middleton, Roger Luckhurst, Liam McIlvanney

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