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The Cambridge Introduction to British Fiction, 1900–1950

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  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107674127


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  • Examining the work of more than one hundred writers, in a wide variety of genres including detective, spy, gothic, fantasy, comic, and science fiction, this book is an unusually comprehensive introduction to the novels and short stories of the period. Providing fresh readings of famous modernist figures (Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Joyce, Woolf, Forster, Lawrence, and others), Robert L. Caserio also brings new attention to lesser-known writers who merit increased attention. He provides readers with an overview of modernist fiction's intellectual milieu, and addresses its contextualization by history and politics - feminism, global war, and the emergence of the welfare state after World War II. An ideal introduction for the student, this book offers a thought-provoking re-examination of literary history, and an exploration of the unique value of fiction's portrayals of the world.

    • Places canonical and non-canonical writers side by side
    • Contextualizes fiction of the period in terms of the period's leading ideas about aesthetics, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and science
    • Demonstrates the interchanges between modernist and popular fictional genres
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107674127
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. British narrative fiction in terms of 'period' and 'treatments'
    2. The artist as critic: ideas of fiction, 1890–1938
    3. Seeing modernism through
    4. British fiction amid non-fictional discourses in the era of modernism
    5. Entertaining fictions
    6. Collective welfare and warfare: British fiction 1936–1950.

  • Author

    Robert L. Caserio, Pennsylvania State University
    Robert L. Caserio is Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the editor, with Clement Hawes, of The Cambridge History of the English Novel (Cambridge, 2012), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Twentieth-Century English Novel (Cambridge, 2009). His many publications include Plot, Story, and the Novel: From Dickens and Poe to the Modern Period (1979) and the Perkins Prize-winning The Novel in England, 1900–1950: History and Theory (1998).

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