Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-twentieth-century Britain

Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-twentieth-century Britain

By: Kristin Bluemel (editor)Hardback

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This collection of original critical essays challenges readers to accept a new term, new critical category, and new literary history for twentieth-century British literature. It takes as its primary subject the fascinating and typically neglected writing of the years of the Depression and World War II - the fiction, memoirs, criticism, and journalism of writers such as Elizabeth Bowen, Storm Jameson, William Empson, George Orwell, J. B. Priestley, Harold Heslop, T. H. White, Rebecca West, John Grierson, Margery Allingham, and Stella Gibbons. Divided into four sections: Work; Community; War; and Documents, the voluem focuses on qualities that distinguish these writers' literary efforts from those of the modernists or postmodernists, elucidating the web of historical, institutional, and personal relationships that together define intermodernism. Researching, analyzing, and theorising intermodernism, this book focuses on three kinds of intermodern features in texts that are typically ignored in accounts of modernism or The Auden Generation: cultural features (intermodernists typically represent working-class and working middle-class cultures); political features (intermodernists are politically radical, 'radically eccentric'); and literary features (intermodernists are committed to non-canonical, even 'middlebrow' or 'mass' genres). To encourage future scholarship on intermodernism, the volume concludes with an appendix, 'Who Were the Intermodernists?', and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Key features * Presents ten original chapters written by active and prominent scholars of mid-century British literary culture * Launches an ambitious, long-term project that marks out a new period and style in twentieth-century literary history * Broad-ranging, treating novels, journalism, manifestos, short stories, film, poetry, memoirs, letters, and travel narratives of the interwar, war, and immediately post-World War II years * Describes more than seventy-five British intermodernists, inviting future research

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Kristin Bluemel is Professor of English at Monmouth University in New Jersey. She is author of George Orwell and the Radical Eccentrics: Intermodernism in Literary London (2004) and Experimenting on the Borders of Modernism: Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage (1997). She edits the interdisciplinary journal The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 and is one of the founding members of the journal's sponsoring body, The Space Between Society.


Acknowledgements; Introduction: What is Intermodernism?, Kristin Bluemel; Part I: Work; 1. A Cassandra with Clout: Storm Jameson, Little Englander and Good European, Elizabeth Maslen; 2. Englands Ancient and Modern: Sylvia Townsend Warner, T. H. White and the Fictions of Medieval Englishness, Janet Montefiore; 3. 'A Strange Field': Region and Class in the Novels of Harold Heslop, John Fordham; Part II: Community; 4. Stella Gibbons, Ex-Centricity and the Suburb, Faye Hammill; 5. Intermodern Travel: J. B. Priestley's English and American Journeys, Lisa Colletta; Part III: War; 6. Under Suspicion: The Plotting of Britain in World War II Detective Spy Fiction, Phyllis Lassner; 7. Trials and Errors: The Heat of the Day and Postwar Culpability, Allan Hepburn; 8. Rebecca West's Palimpsestic Praxis: Crafting the Intermodern Voice of Witness, Debra Rae Cohen; Part IV: Documents; 9. The Intermodern Assumption of the Future: William Empson, Charles Madge and Mass-Observation, Nick Hubble; 10. 'The creative treatment of actuality': John Grierson, Documentary Cinema and 'Fact' in the 1930s, Laura Marcus; Appendix: Who Are the Intermodernists?; Select Bibliography; Notes on Contributors; Index.

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  • publication date: 01/10/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780748635092
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780748635092
  • weight: 547
  • ISBN10: 0748635092

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