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Author Esty, Joshua, 1967-

Title A shrinking island : modernism and national culture in England / Jed Esty
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004


Description 1 online resource (x, 285 pages)
Contents Introduction : late modernism and the anthropological turn -- Modernism and metropolitan perception in England -- Insular rites : Virginia Woolf and the late modernism pageant-play -- Insular time : T.S. Eliot and modernism's English end -- Becoming minor
Summary This book describes a major literary culture caught in the act of becoming minor. In 1939, Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary, "Civilisation has shrunk." Her words captured not only the onset of World War II, but also a longer-term reversal of national fortune. The first comprehensive account of modernism and imperialism in England, A Shrinking Island tracks the joint eclipse of modernist aesthetics and British power from the literary experiments of the 1930s through the rise of cultural studies in the 1950s. Jed Esty explores the effects of declining empire on modernist form--and on the very me
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-275) and index
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Subject English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Modernism (Literature) -- England
Literature and anthropology -- England -- History -- 20th century
Literature and society -- England -- History -- 20th century
Postcolonialism in literature.
Imperialism in literature.
Nationalism in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
English literature
Imperialism in literature
Intellectual life
Literature and anthropology
Literature and society
Modernism (Literature)
Nationalism in literature
Postcolonialism in literature
Modernisme (cultuur)
England -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781400825745