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Modernism and World War II - Marina MacKay

Modernism and World War II

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Published: 29th January 2007
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The Second World War marked the beginning of the end of literary modernism in Britain. However, this late period of modernism and its response to the War have not yet received the scholarly attention they deserve. In the first full-length study of modernism and World War II, Marina MacKay offers historical readings of Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, T. S. Eliot, Henry Green and Evelyn Waugh set against the dramatic background of national struggle and transformation. In recovering how these major authors engaged with other texts of their time - political discourses, mass and middlebrow culture - this study reveals how World War II brought to the surface the underlying politics of modernism's aesthetic practices. Through close analyses of the revisions made to modernist thinking after 1939, MacKay establishes the significance of this persistently neglected phase of modern literature as a watershed moment in twentieth-century literary history.

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introduction: Modernism beyond the Blitzp. 1
Virginia Woolf and the pastoral patriap. 22
Rebecca West's anti-Bloomsbury groupp. 44
The situational politics of Four Quartetsp. 71
The neutrality of Henry Greenp. 91
Evelyn Waugh and the ends of minority culturep. 118
Coda: National historiography after the post-war settlementp. 142
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9780521872225
ISBN-10: 0521872227
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 29th January 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.47