A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England / Edition 1

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Overview

"A brilliant study of the intricate relationship between late modernism and the shaping of English national culture. Without doubt, one of the best books on modernism and imperialism."—Simon Gikandi, University of Michigan

"This is a superb and stunningly mature first book that sustains both a conceptually ambitious thesis and scrupulous, sensitive, and patient attention to matters of literary form."—James Buzard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement - Royce Mahawatte
A vital, useful and impressive rereading of the aesthetics and politics of late modernism.
Belgian Journal of English Languages and Literature - Raphael Ingelbien
Esty's argument . . . [is] profoundly stimulating, and is perhaps most convincing when he turns his attention (however briefly) to the writers who followed modernism. . . . [I]t definitely compels us to revise common assumptions about English literature of the last century.
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"A vital, useful and impressive rereading of the aesthetics and politics of late modernism."—Royce Mahawatte, Times Literary Supplement

"Esty's argument . . . [is] profoundly stimulating, and is perhaps most convincing when he turns his attention (however briefly) to the writers who followed modernism. . . . [I]t definitely compels us to revise common assumptions about English literature of the last century."—Raphael Ingelbien, Belgian Journal of English Languages and Literature

Times Literary Supplement
A vital, useful and impressive rereading of the aesthetics and politics of late modernism.
— Royce Mahawatte
Belgian Journal of English Languages and Literature
Esty's argument . . . [is] profoundly stimulating, and is perhaps most convincing when he turns his attention (however briefly) to the writers who followed modernism. . . . [I]t definitely compels us to revise common assumptions about English literature of the last century.
— Raphael Ingelbien
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691115498
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 988,144
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
INTRODUCTION
Late Modernism and the Anthropological Turn 1
ONE
Modernism and Metropolitan Perception in England 23
The Other Side of the Hedge 23
"A Planet Full of Scraps" 28
Englishness as/vs.Modernity 31
Autoethnography and the Romance of Retrenchment 36
Modernist Valedictions circa 1940 46
TWO
Insular Rites: Virginia Woolf and the Late Modernist Pageant-Play 54
Amnesia in Fancy Dress: Pageants for a New Century 56
"A Little Nucleus of Eternity ": J. C. Powys's A Glastonbury Romance 62
Rebuilding the Ruined House: T. S. Eliot's The Rock 70
"Innocent Island ": E.M. Forster's Passage to England 76
Island Stories and Modernist Ends in Between the Acts 85
THREE
Insular Time: T.S. Eliot and Modernism's English End 108
The Antidiasporic Imagination 108
Metropolitan Standard Time 112
Anglocentric Revivals 117
Notes from a Shrinking Island 127
Four Quartets and the Chronotope of Englishness 135
FOUR
Becoming Minor 163
The Keynesian National Object: Late Modernism and The General Theory 166
Local Color: English Cultural Studies as Home Anthropology 182
Ethnography in Reverse:(Post)colonial Writers in Fifties England 198
Conclusion: Minority Culture and Minor Culture 215
NOTES 227
INDEX 277

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