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Literary and Cultural Alternatives to Modernism

Unsettling Presences, 1st Edition

Edited by Kostas Boyiopoulos, Anthony Patterson, Mark Sandy


280 pages

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The 17 essays of Unsettling Presences investigate writers and texts chiefly stretching from 1890 to 1939, from both within and outside of the Modernist canon. They explore tensions, convergences, and differences between the dominant Modernists and lesser-known figures. Not only do they examine the alternative vision of populist writers such as Wells and Bennett, but also discuss figures who flirt both with cultural elitism and realism, such as E. M. Forster. More importantly, they showcase the work of obscure authors on the cultural fringe and/or of popular culture for the first time (e.g. Lord Dunsany and Margery Allingham, etc). The chapters cover cases on revising and recasting the tradition (Romanticism, Victorian Realism, and Aestheticism), cultural dialogues and comparisons. The genres and forms discussed include Realist fiction, lyric poetry, Symbolist drama, critical essay, heroic fantasy, popular and detective fiction, epistolary writing, parody, detective fiction, and painting. The chapters come to life and indeed cohere into a formidable whole with high-brow literary Modernism serving as the golden standard or point of reference against which the voices/texts being discussed are measured.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reflections on Alternativeness

  1. The Experimental and the Traditional in Twenties British Literature (Chris Baldick)
  2. The Failure of Philosophy and the Beginnings of Modernism, from Pater to Woolf (Kate Hext)
  3. Maverick Modernists? Sapphic Trajectories from Vernon Lee to I. A. Richards (Sondeep Kandola)
  4. Writing for a New Age: Arnold Bennett and the Avant Garde (Anthony Patterson)
  5. ‘The Knowledge, the detail, the spirit!’: The Edwardian Correspondence of Bennett and Wells’ (Jonathan Wild)
  6. ‘The Popular Modernity of H. G. Wells’ (Carey Snyder)
  7. ‘Don’t you see how symbolical it was?’: Parade’s End Within and Outside the Tradition of Literary Toryism (Koenraad Claes)
  8. Modernist or Realist? The ‘Double Vision’ of E. M. Forster (Kate Symondson)
  9. The Alternative Visions of Mythopoeic Fantasy (Anna Vaninskaya)
  10. ‘Modernistic shone the lamplight’: Arthur Symons among the Moderns (Kostas Boyiopoulos)
  11. ‘Now I Climb Alone’: Poetic Subjectivity from Thomas Hardy to Stephen Spender (Michael O’Neill)
  12. Speech and Song in Edward Thomas and Ivor Gurney (Andrew Hodgson)
  13. Strange Truths: Romantic Re-Imaginings in Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon (Mark Sandy)
  14. Conjuring the Two Devils in W. B. Yeats’s Turn to the Theatre (Katharine Cockin)
  15. ‘A large mouth shown to a dentist’: G. K. Chesterton, T. S. Eliot and Parody (Michael Shallcross)
  16. ‘The Amateur Modernist: C. L. R. James in Bloomsbury’ (Saikat Majumdar)
  17. Questions of Class and Genre in the Albert Campion Novels: Margery Allingham’s ‘Grand Programme’ (Luke Seaber)

About the Editors

Kostas Boyiopoulos is Teaching Associate at the Department of English Studies at Durham University

Anthony Patterson is Assistant Professor of English at Celal Bayar University in Manisa, Turkey. Mark Sandyis Reader in English and Deputy Head of the Department of English Studies at Durham University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

From Joyce to Rushdie, Modernism to Food Writing, Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Literature looks at both the literature and culture of the 20th century. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside religion, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, travel, class, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century