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This Cambridge History is the first major history of twentieth-century English literature to cover the full range of writing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The volume also explores the impact of writing from the former colonies on English literature of the period and analyses the ways in which conventional literary genres were shaped and inflected by the new cultural technologies of radio, cinema, and television. In providing an authoritative narrative of literary and cultural production across the century, this History acknowledges the claims for innovation and modernization that chracterise the beginning of the period. At the same time, it attends analytically to the more profound patterns of continuity and development which avant-garde tendencies characteristically underplay. Containing all the virtues of a Cambridge History, this new volume is a major event for anyone concerned with twentieth-century literature, its cultural context, and its relation to the contemporary.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521820776
ISBN-10: 0521820774
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 46mm)
Pages: 897
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Laura Marcus

Laura Marcus is Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature and a Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford. She has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture. Her publications include Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice (1994/1998), Virginia Woolf: Writers and their Work (1997, new edition 2004), and The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (2007). She has edited or co-edited a number of volumes, including The Actuality of Walter Benjamin (1993/1998), 'Close Up' 1927-1933: Cinema and Modernism (1998), Sigmund Freud's 'The Interpretation of Dreams': New Interdisciplinary Essays (1999), and Mass-Observation as Poetics and Science (2001). Peter Nicholls is Professor of English at New York University. His publications include Ezra Pound: Politics, Economics and Writing, Modernisms: A Literary Guide, George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism, and many articles and essays on literature and theory. He recently co-edited On Bathos and is currently U.S. editor of Textual Practice.

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