Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden

by Lucy Le-Guilcher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0754668282

ISBN-13: 9780754668282

Pub. Date: 04/16/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From 1929 to 1997, Rumer Godden published more than 60 books, including novels, biographies, children's books, and poetry; this is the first collection devoted to this important transnational writer. Focusing on
Godden's writing from the 1930s onward, the contributors uncover the breadth and variety of the literary landscape on display in works such as Black

Overview

From 1929 to 1997, Rumer Godden published more than 60 books, including novels, biographies, children's books, and poetry; this is the first collection devoted to this important transnational writer. Focusing on
Godden's writing from the 1930s onward, the contributors uncover the breadth and variety of the literary landscape on display in works such as Black Narcissus, The Lady and the Unicorn, A Fugue in Time, and The River. Often drawing on her own experiences living in India and Britain, Godden establishes a diverse narrative topography that allows her to engage with issues related to her own uncertain position as an author representing such nomadic
Others as gypsies, or taking up the displacements brought about by international conflict. Recognizing that studies of the transnational must consider the condition of enforced and elected exile within the changing political and cultural borders of postcolonial nations, the contributors position Godden with respect to different and overlapping fields of inquiry: modern literary history; colonial, postcolonial, and transnational studies;
inter-media studies; and children's literature. Taken together, the essays in this volume demonstrate the richness and variety of Godden's writing and render the myriad ways in which Godden is an important critical presence in mid-twentieth-century fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754668282
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/16/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Lucy Le-Guilcher and Phyllis Lassner; Part 1 Rumer Godden's India: The view from the middle: Godden and her literary landscape, Mary Grover; 'Far more remote than it actually is': Rumer Godden's Black Narcissus and 1930s mountain writing, Mark Rawlinson; In search of Rumer Godden's India, Gayathri Prabhu; Questions of 'mixed race' in The Lady and the Unicorn and The Peacock Spring, Elizabeth Maslen. Part 2 Godden and British Culture: An experiment with narrative? Rumer Godden's A Fugue in Time, Victoria Stewart; A child's perspective: the reconstruction of the domestic sphere in The Doll's House and Impunity Jane, Lucy Le-Guilcher; Imagining gypsies: growing up in Gypsy, Gypsy and The Diddakoi, Rod Mengham; China Court: Rumer Godden's epic of the English novel, Phyllis Lassner. Part 3 Sexuality and Longing: Childhood, longing, sexuality, violence and sacrifice in Rumer Godden's The River, An Episode of Sparrows, and The Greengage Summer, Philip Tew; Sweetness and darkness: realism in Rumer Godden's novels, Tessa Hadley. Part 4 Rumer Godden's Life and Career: Rumer Godden: a sense of performance and poetry, Anne Harvey; 'A born storyteller': clips from the interviews, Clare Jenkins; 'Sometimes': a daughter's reflections, Jane Murray Flutter; Bibliography; Index.

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