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Modernist Voyages
Colonial Women Writers in London, 1890–1945

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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316638002

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  • London's literary and cultural scene fostered newly configured forms of feminist anticolonialism during the modernist period. Through their writing in and about the imperial metropolis, colonial women authors not only remapped the city, they also renegotiated the position of women within the empire. This book examines the significance of gender to the interwoven nature of empire and modernism. As transgressive figures of modernity, writers such as Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield, Una Marson and Sarojini Naidu brought their own versions of modernity to the capital, revealing the complex ways in which colonial identities 'traveled' to London at the turn of the twentieth century. Anna Snaith's timely and original study provides a new vantage point on the urban metropolis and its artistic communities for scholars and students of literary modernism, gender and postcolonial studies, and English literature more broadly.

    • Foregrounds the importance of gender to discussions of modernism and empire
    • Highlights the significant presence of colonial writers in modernist London and alters our conception of modernist London and its sites of cultural collaboration (cafes, galleries, magazines)
    • Reads familiar modernist writers (Rhys, Mansfield) alongside lesser known figures (Naidu, Marson)
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    • Shortlisted for the 2015 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316638002
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Olive Schreiner: diamonds, prostitution and From Man to Man
    2. Sarojini Naidu: feminist nationalism and cross-cultural poetics
    3. Sara Jeannette Duncan: A Canadian Girl in London
    4. Katherine Mansfield: colonial modernism and the magazines
    5. Jean Rhys: 'A Savage from the Cannibal Islands'
    6. Una Marson: 'Little brown girl' in a 'white, white city'
    7. Christina Stead: transnationalism and the sea voyage

  • Author

    Anna Snaith, King's College London
    Anna Snaith is a Reader in Twentieth-Century Literature at King's College London. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from University College London. She is the author of Virginia Woolf: Public and Private Negotiations (2000), editor of Palgrave Advances in Virginia Woolf Studies (2007) and co-editor of Locating Woolf: The Politics of Space and Place (with Michael Whitworth, 2007). She recently edited Virginia Woolf's The Years for the Cambridge University Press Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf (2012).


    • Shortlisted for the 2015 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize

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