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British Fiction in the 1930s : The Dispiriting Decade - James Gindin

British Fiction in the 1930s

The Dispiriting Decade

Hardcover Published: 28th July 1992
ISBN: 9780333519769
Number Of Pages: 228

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This book studies the literary climate of the British 1930s through a critical assessment of some of its influential and socially representative fiction. The works depict, in various ways, a culture under the stress of seemingly insoluble economic and intensifying international dilemmas, a culture that seems betrayed by the promise of its past and the paralysis of its present. The fiction continues transforming solutions, individual and sexual rebellions as well as the fears and attractions of social and political change. Examples of novelists treated include Richard Aldington, J.B. Priestley, Rosamond Lehmann, Elizabeth Bowen, Henry Green, Patrick Hamilton and Rebecca West.

Acknowledgments - The Ambiguities of Commitment - PART 1: THE LANGUAGE OF SOCIAL REFERENCE - Richard Aldington's Excoriation of the Past - J.B. Priestley's Indigenous Social Voices - Moments of Intense Social Visualisation: Winifred Holtby, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Patrick Hamilton - PART 2: SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL METAPHOR - Rosamond Lehmann's Social and Historical Landscapes - Houses and Cultural Betrayal in Elizabeth Bowen's Fiction - Henry Green's Particular Visionary Gerunds - Nicholas Blake's 'Stake in the Social System' - L.P. Hartley and the Reverberations of Absence - Essays, Chronicles and Fiction: Alternatives to Despair - Index

ISBN: 9780333519769
ISBN-10: 0333519760
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 28th July 1992
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2