Modernism and World War II
By (author) Marina MacKay
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Modernism and World War II by Marina MacKay
Book DescriptionWorld War II marked the beginning of the end of literary modernism in Britain. However, this late period of modernism and its response to the war have not yet received the scholarly attention they deserve. In this full-length study of modernism and World War II, Marina MacKay offers historical readings of Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, T. S. Eliot, Henry Green and Evelyn Waugh set against the dramatic background of national struggle and transformation. In recovering how these major authors engaged with other texts of their time - political discourses, mass and middlebrow culture - this study reveals how World War II brought to the surface the underlying politics of modernism's aesthetic practices. Through close analyses of the revisions made to modernist thinking after 1939, MacKay establishes the significance of this persistently neglected phase of modern literature as a watershed moment in twentieth-century literary history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521872225
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Marina MacKay
Cambridge Introduction to the Novel, Paperback (November 2010)
An overview of the history of the novel with practical tips and examples for studying fiction.
Modernism and World War II, Paperback (February 2010)
MacKay establishes the significance of the Second World War as a watershed moment in twentieth-century literary history.
Cambridge Companion to the Literature of World War II, Paperback (January 2009)» View all books by Marina MacKay
An overview of writing about the war from a global perspective, aimed at students of modern literature.
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Author Biography - Marina MacKay
Marina MacKay is Assistant Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.
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