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Modernism, Male Friendship, and the First World War

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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036146

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  • The terrain of masculine fellowship provides an important context for understanding key literary features of the modernist period. Sarah Cole's examination of the literary and cultural history of twentieth century masculine intimacy considers such crucial themes as the broken friendships that permeate Forster's fictions, Lawrence's desperate urge to make culture out of blood brotherhood and the intense bereavement of the war poet. Cole argues that these dramas of compelling and often tortured male friendship have helped to define a particular voice within the literary canon.

    • The book illuminates a unique aspect of the cultural history of the early twentieth century
    • Offers detailed readings of major authors including Lawrence, Forster, Conrad and the war poets
    • Brings together diverse material from the early twentieth century, including popular literature, and previously unpublished war writing to create a framework for the discussion of major writers
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    "...Cole is to be strongly commended for producing a study that pushes the agenda of First World War scholarship forward...and presents theoretically sophisticated literary criticism in a highly accessible and wholly engaging manner." Albion, Paul R. Deslandes

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036146
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Argument: the organization of intimacy
    2. Definitions and choices: modernism, modernity, literary authority
    3. Structure: four sites of masculine bonding
    Part I. Victorian Dreams, Modern Realities: Forster's Classical Imagination:
    4. Hellenism and the beautiful body: Carpenter, Pater, Symonds
    5. The fall of Hellenism: Forster's modern disaffection
    6. A Passage to India and the failure of institutions
    Part II. Conradian Alienation and Imperial Intimacy:
    7. Friendship's dramatic demise: Heart of Darkness and Under Western Eyes
    8. From system to solipsism: Lord Jim
    9. Homoerotic heroics, domestic discipline: Conrad and Ford's Romance
    Part III. 'My Killed Friends are with me where I go': Friendship and Comradeship at War:
    10. War discourse: friendship and comradeship
    11. The major war poets: intimacy, authority, alienation
    12. Post-war articulations: lost friends and the lost generation
    Part IV. 'The Violence of the Nightmare': D. H. Lawrence and the Aftermath of War:
    13. Bodies of men: the landscape of post-war England, 14. Desire and devastation: male bonds in D. H. Lawrence

  • Author

    Sarah Cole, Columbia University, New York
    Sarah Cole is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the Columbia University. Her articles have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and ELH.

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