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Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1899-1939
     

Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1899-1939

by Richard Begam, Michael Moses, Nicholas Daly
 

ISBN-10: 0822340380

ISBN-13: 9780822340386

Pub. Date: 10/15/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

This collection of essays by renowned literary scholars offers a sustained and comprehensive account of the relation of British and Irish literary modernism to colonialism. Bringing postcolonial studies into dialogue with modernist studies, the contributors move beyond depoliticized appreciations of modernist aesthetics as well as the dismissal of literary modernism

Overview

This collection of essays by renowned literary scholars offers a sustained and comprehensive account of the relation of British and Irish literary modernism to colonialism. Bringing postcolonial studies into dialogue with modernist studies, the contributors move beyond depoliticized appreciations of modernist aesthetics as well as the dismissal of literary modernism as irredeemably complicit in the evils of colonialism. They demonstrate that the modernists were not unapologetic supporters of empire. Many were avowedly and vociferously opposed to colonialism, and all of the writers considered in this volume were concerned with the political and cultural significance of colonialism, including its negative consequences for both the colonizer and the colonized.

Ranging over poetry, fiction, and criticism, the essays provide fresh appraisals of Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, E. M. Forster, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, Hugh MacDiarmid, and Evelyn Waugh, as well as Robert Louis Stevenson and H. Rider Haggard. The essays that bookend the collection connect the modernists to their Victorian precursors, to postwar literary critics, and to postcolonial poets. The rest treat major works written or published between 1899 and 1939, the boom years of literary modernism and the period during which the British empire reached its greatest geographic expanse. Among the essays are explorations of how primitivism figured in the fiction of Lawrence and Lewis; how, in Ulysses, Joyce used modernist techniques toward anticolonial ends; and how British imperialism inspired Conrad, Woolf, and Eliot to seek new aesthetic forms appropriateto the sense of dislocation they associated with empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822340386
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Victorian Backgrounds
Colonialism and Popular Literature at the Fin de Siecle     19
Modern British Literature
Disorientalism: Conrad and the Imperial Origins of Modernist Aesthetics     43
Virginia Woolf's Colony and the Adolescence of Modernist Fiction     70
War, "Primitivism," and the Future of "the West": Reflections on D. H. Lawrence and Wyndham Lewis     91
T. S. Eliot, Late Empire, and Decadence     111
Romancing the Stump: Modernism and Colonialism in Forster's A Passage to India     136
"A tangle of modernism and barbarity": Evelyn Waugh's Black Mischief     162
Ireland and Scotland
Joyce's Trojan Horse: Ulysses and the Aesthetics of Decolonization     185
Yeats, Spengler, and A Vision after Empire     209
Elizabeth Bowen's Troubled Modernism     226
"Upon the thistle they're impaled": Hugh MacDiarmid's Modernist Nationalism     246
Toward the Postcolonial
Postcolonial Modernism?     269
Modernist Bricolage, Postcolonial Hybridity     288
Contributors     315
Index     319

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