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British Literature in Transition, 1920–1940: Futility and Anarchy

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Charles Ferrall, Dougal McNeill, Harry Ricketts, Layne Parish Craig, Lara Vetter, Sowon S. Park, Kathryn Laing, Rachel Potter, John Farrell, Gabrielle McIntire, Kristin Bluemel, Snehal Shingavi, Charlotte Nunes, Michael G. Cronin, Liam McIlvanney, Shintaro Kono, Peter Mackay, Penny Farfan, Nicola Wilson, J. C. Bernthal, James Purdon
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  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107145535

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  • Literature from the 'political' 1930s has often been read in contrast to the 'aesthetic' 1920s. This collection suggests a different approach. Drawing on recent work expanding our sense of the political and aesthetic energies of interwar modernisms, these chapters track transitions in British literature. The strains of national break-up, class dissension and political instability provoked a new literary order, and reading across the two decades between the wars exposes the continuing pressure of these transitions. Instead of following familiar markers - 1922, the Crash, the Spanish Civil War - or isolating particular themes from literary study, this collection takes key problems and dilemmas from literature 'in transition' and reads them across familiar and unfamiliar cultural works and productions, in their rich and contradictory context of publication. Themes such as gender, sexuality, nation and class are thus present throughout these essays. Major writers such as Woolf are read alongside forgotten and marginalised voices.

    • Sheds new light on the dynamics between literature, culture, and politics in the interwar years
    • Takes a transnational approach, paying particular attention to Scottish, Welsh, Irish and anti-colonial literatures
    • Reads major authors such as Auden and Woolf alongside under-explored and neglected figures
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107145535
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Charles Ferrall and Dougal McNeill
    Part I. After the War:
    1. Out of Mrs Colefax's Drawing-Room: poets and poetry between the wars Harry Ricketts
    2. Perverting the postwar: sexuality and state violence in women's literature Layne Parish Craig
    3. Journeys without maps: literature and spiritual experience Lara Vetter
    Part II. Literature after Human Nature Changed:
    4. Writing the vote: suffrage, gender, and politics Sowon S. Park and Kathryn Laing
    5. Literature and human rights Rachel Potter
    6. Psychoanalysis and modernism John Farrell
    Part III. Immense Panoramas of Futility and Anarchy: Writing and Politics:
    7. History: the past in transition Gabrielle McIntire
    8. Women's work? Domestic labour and proletarian fiction Charles Ferrall
    9. Ordinary places, intermodern genres: documentary, travel, and literature Kristin Bluemel
    10. Bloomsbury conversations that didn't happen: Indian writing between British modernism and anti-colonialism Snehal Shingavi and Charlotte Nunes
    Part IV. The First Break-Up of Britain:
    11. Between Holyhead and Kingstown: Anglo-Irish perspectives on the character of British fiction Michael G. Cronin
    12. Cancer of empire: the Glasgow novel between the wars Liam McIlvanney
    13. Lewis Jones and the making of Welsh Identity Shintaro Kono
    14. From Optik to Haptik: Celticism, symbols and stones in the 1930s Peter Mackay
    Part V. Transitions High and Low:
    15. On the home front: designs for living in British drama between the wars Penny Farfan
    16. Middlemen, middlebrow, broadbrow Nicola Wilson
    17. Detective fiction: resolutions without solutions J. C. Bernthal
    18. British literature in transmission: writing and wireless James Purdon.

  • Editors

    Charles Ferrall, Victoria University of Wellington
    Charles Ferrall is Associate Professor of English, Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of Modernist Writing and Reactionary Politics (Cambridge, 2001) and, with Dougal McNeill, Writing the 1926 General Strike: Literature, Culture, Politics (Cambridge, 2015). He is editor of the Journal of New Zealand Literature, and is currently working on a study of working-class interwar British literature.

    Dougal McNeill, Victoria University of Wellington
    Dougal McNeill is Senior Lecturer in English, Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author, with Charles Ferrall, of Writing the 1926 General Strike: Literature, Culture, Politics (Cambridge, 2015). Other books of his include Forecasts of the Past: Globalisation, History, Realism, Utopia (2012) and an edition of Harry Holland's Robert Burns: Poet and Revolutionist (2016).


    Charles Ferrall, Dougal McNeill, Harry Ricketts, Layne Parish Craig, Lara Vetter, Sowon S. Park, Kathryn Laing, Rachel Potter, John Farrell, Gabrielle McIntire, Kristin Bluemel, Snehal Shingavi, Charlotte Nunes, Michael G. Cronin, Liam McIlvanney, Shintaro Kono, Peter Mackay, Penny Farfan, Nicola Wilson, J. C. Bernthal, James Purdon

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