Modernism, Male Friendship, and the First World War

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The terrain of masculine fellowship provides an important context for understanding key literary features of the modernist period. Sarah Cole's examination of the literary and cultural history of twentieth century masculine intimacy considers such crucial themes as the broken friendships that permeate Forster's fictions, Lawrence's desperate urge to make culture out of blood brotherhood and the intense bereavement of the war poet. Cole argues that these dramas of compelling and often tortured male friendship have helped to define a particular voice within the literary canon.

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"...Cole is to be strongly commended for producing a study that pushes the agenda of First World War scholarship forward...and presents theoretically sophisticated literary criticism in a highly accessible and wholly engaging manner." Albion, Paul R. Deslandes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521036146
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Cole is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the Columbia University. Her articles have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and ELH.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Victorian dreams, modern realities: Forster's classical imagination 21
Hellenism and the beautiful body: Carpenter, Pater, Symonds 23
The fall of Hellenism: Forster's modern disaffection 50
A Passage to India and the failure of institutions 71
2 Conradian alienation and imperial intimacy 92
Friendship's dramatic demise: Heart of Darkness and Under Western Eyes 94
From system to solipsism: Lord Jim 114
Homoerotic heroics, domestic discipline: Conrad and Ford's Romance 122
3 "My killed friends are with me where I go": friendship and comradeship at war 138
War discourse: friendship and comradeship 140
The major war poets: intimacy, authority, alienation 155
Post-war articulations: lost friends and the lost generation 173
4 "The violence of the nightmare": D. H. Lawrence and the aftermath of war 185
Bodies of men: the landscape of post-war England 187
Desire and devastation: male bonds in D. H. Lawrence 226
Notes 252
Index 292
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