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Ford Madox Ford's Modernity explores the relation between modern writing and modern experience. It examines how his prose registers the impact on society and the arts of new technologies, such as railways and telephones. It demonstrates how Ford's writing reflects, and elaborates, new conceptions of subjectivity, gender, nation and empire. And it establishes his contribution to the growing sense of crisis in the fields of history, epistemology, and representation. It includes essays by twenty leading Ford scholars on a wide range of his fiction and criticism, giving particular attention to The Good Soldier and to his responses to modern war.
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The Good Soldier and Parade’s End provide the focus for many of the essays but there are … valuable accounts of some of his less well-known works’; ‘a brilliantly suggestive reading of ‘Parade’s End‘; ‘The essays which take as their starting point Ford’s engagement with the condition of modernity show the same deftness by combining their analyses of the material transformations of modernity with formal and stylistic questions.” – Alistair Davies, in: English Literature in Transition, 48:4 (2005), 482-5
“Ford emerges from this fine collection of essays as a maverick yet paradoxical figure: the Tory gentleman and the radical anarchist, the custodian of the established order and the subversive analyst of class and gender, the insouciant cosmopolite and the probing eco-critic, the nostalgic celebrant of Englishness and the transnational writer who cannot help but ironize the falsehoods and fabrications by which national identity is produced.” – Julian Cowley, Year’s Work in English Studies (2006), 744-835
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Table of Contents

Epigraphs
Max SAUNDERS: General Editor's Preface
Sir Frank KERMODE: Foreword
Max SAUNDERS: Introduction
I: CONDITIONS OF MODERNITY: TECHNOLOGY, GENDER, AND THE CITY
Philip HORNE: Absent-Mindedness: Ford on the Phone
Sara HASLAM: Ford's Training
Giovanni CIANCI: Three memories of a Night: Ford's Impressionism in the Great London Vortex
Robin PEEL: Ford and the Simple Life: Gender, Subjectivity and Class in a Satirized Utopia
II: THE GOOD SOLDIER: DESlRE, TEXT, AND HISTORY
Davida PINES: Irony and the Marriage Plot in The Good Soldier
Caroline PATEY: Empire, Ethnology and The Good Soldier
Sally BACHNER: 'The Seeing Eye': Detection, Perception and Erotic Knowledge in The Good Soldier
Roger POOLE: The Unknown Ford Madox Ford
Martin STANNARD: The Good Soldier: Editorial Problems
Bernard BERGONZI: Fiction and History: Rereading The Good Soldier
III: FORD, THE WAR AND THE POST-WAR: ENGLISHNESS, SOCIETY, HISTORY
Dennis BROWN: Remains of the Day: Tietjens the Englishman
Robert L. CASERIO: Ford's and Kipling's Modernist Imagination of Public Virtue
Cornelia COOK: Constructions and Reconstructions: No Enemy
IV: FORD AND MODERN WRITING: BIOGRAPHY, INTERTEXTUALITY, AND STYLE
Joseph WIESENFARTH: Ford Madox Ford, Violet Hunt, and the Battle of the Books: SexuaI/Textual Hostilities
Ros PESMAN: ‘Drawn From Life’: Stella Bowen and Ford Madox Ford
Elena LAMBERTI: Ford Madox Ford and Ernest Hemingway in the Literary Arena of Paris, 1924
W.B. HUTCHINGS: Ford and Maupassant
Vita FORTUNATI: The epistemological malaise of the narrator character in Ford, Conrad, Pirandello and Svevo
Paul SKINNER: Ford Madox Ford and the Unnoticeable Things
The Contributors
Abbreviations
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