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This collection of essays explores the hotel as a site of modernity, a space of mobility and transience that shaped the transnational and transcultural modernist activity of the first half of the twentieth century. As a trope for social and cultural mobility, transitory and precarious modes of living, and experiences of personal and political transformation, the hotel space in modernist writing complicates binaries such as public and private, risk and rootedness, convention and experimentation. It is also a prime location for modernist production and the cross-fertilization of heterogeneous, inter- and trans- literary, cultural, national, and affective modes. The study of the hotel in authors such as E. M Forster, Katherine Mansfield, Kay Boyle, and Joseph Roth reveals the ways in which the hotel nuances the notions of mobilities, networks, and communities in terms of gender, nation, and class. Whereas Mary Butts, Djuna Barnes, Anaïs Nin, and Denton Welch negotiate affective and bodily states which arise from the alienation experienced at liminal hotel spaces and which lead to new poetics of space, Vicki Baum, Georg Lukács, James Joyce, and Elizabeth Bishop explore the socio-political and cultural conflicts which are manifested in and by the hotel. This volume invites us to think of “hotel modernisms” as situated in or enabled by this dynamic space. Including chapters which traverse the boundaries of nation and class, it regards the hotel as the transcultural space of modernity par excellence.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Anna Despotopoulou, Vassiliki Kolocotroni, Efterpi Mitsi)

1. Hotel Trouble (Vassiliki Kolocotroni)

HOSPITALITIES, COMMUNITIES

2. "Blank, blond horror": The Hotel as Medical Facility (Robbie Moore)

3. Hotel Performance and its Remains: Jean Cocteau and Mary Butts at the Welcome (Joel Hawkes)

4. Performing Belonging in Early Twentieth-Century Literary Hotels and the Case of Rich Americans (Bettina Matthias)

5. "No Longer a Hotel": Colonial Decadence in Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet (Athanasios Dimakis)

ROOMS, VIEWS

6. Landslide at the Pension Bertolini: Anti-tourism versus Groundless Transculturalism in E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View (Shawna Ross)

7. H.D.’s Hotel Visions (Polly Hember)

8. Carnivorous Flowers and Poisoned Webs: Surrealist Experimentation in Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood and Anaïs Nin’s House of Incest (Josie Cray)

9. "Found his anxiety frothing": Denton Welch’s In Youth Is Pleasure and the Hotel as Camp Allegory (Allan Pero)

LABOUR, LOVE

10. "[T]he hotel story he made up": Hotel Life, Death, and Work in James Joyce’s Ulysses (Emma Short)

11. Life and Work in Interwar "Cathedrals of Modernity" (Ulrike Zitzlsperger)

12. White Women and Cheap Hotels (Tyler T. Schmidt)

THEORY, DESIGN

13. Rota Moderna: Vortex Force in Viennese Hotel Lobbies (Rajesh Heynickx)

14. Grand Hotel Theory (John Hoffmann)

15. Prototype Hotels for the Jet Age (Bruce Peter)

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Biography

Anna Despotopoulou (PhD in English, Reading University) is Professor in English Literature and Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and works in the areas of nineteenth and twentieth-century fiction, Henry James, and mobility studies. She is the author of Women and the Railway, 1850-1915 and co-editor of Ruins in the Literary and Cultural Imagination, Henry James and The Supernatural, and Transforming Henry James. She is the recipient of a Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation grant for the research project “Hotels and the Modern Subject, 1890-1940” (2020-2023). Vassiliki Kolocotroni (PhD in Modernism and Theories of Modernity, University of Strathclyde) is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. She works in the areas of international modernism and the avant-garde, theory, classical reception, travel and film. She is the co-editor of Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents, The Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism, In the Country of the Moon: British Women Travelers to Greece, 1718-1932, Women Writing Greece: Essays on Hellenism, Orientalism and Travel, and two books on the Greek-American surrealist theorist and art historian Nicolas Calas. Efterpi Mitsi (PhD in Comparative Literature, New York University) is Professor in English Literature and Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is the author of Greece in Early English Travel Writing, 1596-1682, editor of Troilus and Cressida: A Critical Reader, and co-editor of Ruins in the Literary and Cultural Imagination, The Letter of the Law: Literature, Justice and the Other, Women Writing Greece: Essays on Hellenism, Orientalism and Travel. She is the recipient of a Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation grant for the research project “Representations of Modern Greece in Victorian Popular Culture” (2020-2023).