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The Resource English modernism, national identity and the Germans, 1890-1950, Petra Rau

English modernism, national identity and the Germans, 1890-1950, Petra Rau

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English modernism, national identity and the Germans, 1890-1950
Title
English modernism, national identity and the Germans, 1890-1950
Statement of responsibility
Petra Rau
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This is the first systematic study to trace the way representations of 'Germanness' in modernist British literature from 1890 to 1950 contributed to the development of English identity. Petra Rau examines the shift in attitudes towards Germany and Germans, from suspicious competitiveness in the late Victorian period to the aggressive hostility of the First World War and the curious inconsistencies of the 1930s and 1940s. These shifts were no simple response to political change but the result of an anxious negotiation of modernity in which specific aspects of Englishness were projected onto representations of Germans and Germany in English literature and culture. While this incisive argument clarifies and deepens our understanding of cultural and national politics in the first half of the twentieth century, it also complicates current debates surrounding race and 'otherness' in cultural studies. Authors discussed include major figures such as Conrad, Woolf, Lawrence, Ford, Forster and Bowen, as well as popular or less familiar writers such as Saki, Graham Greene, and Stevie Smith. Accessibly written and convincingly argued, Rau's study will not only be an important book for scholars but will serve as a valuable guide to undergraduates working in modernism, literary history, and European cultural relations."--Publisher's description
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1969-
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Rau, Petra
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • English fiction
  • National characteristics, British, in literature
  • Germany
  • English fiction
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Germany
Label
English modernism, national identity and the Germans, 1890-1950, Petra Rau
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]225) and index
Contents
'A sickening suggestion of common guilt' : German renegades and English heroes in Conrad's fiction -- Forster's accessible foreignness : Prussian Junkers versus 'German cosmopolitans' -- Flirting with the beastly Hun : Imperial anxiety and modern militarism in the popular fiction of Buchan, Le Queux and Saki -- Ford's 'tricky German fashion' : medical modernity and Anglo-Saxon pathology -- 'Monster men and women' : Woolf's grotesque German body and Lawrence's bad modernity -- The 'soldiers of modernism' : The lure of fascist corporeality in travel writing and fiction -- 'The thinning of the membrane between the this and the that' : Englishness and espionage in Blitz writing
Control code
ocn318645887
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 233 p.
Isbn
9780754656722
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2009015758
Other physical details
ill.
Label
English modernism, national identity and the Germans, 1890-1950, Petra Rau
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]225) and index
Contents
'A sickening suggestion of common guilt' : German renegades and English heroes in Conrad's fiction -- Forster's accessible foreignness : Prussian Junkers versus 'German cosmopolitans' -- Flirting with the beastly Hun : Imperial anxiety and modern militarism in the popular fiction of Buchan, Le Queux and Saki -- Ford's 'tricky German fashion' : medical modernity and Anglo-Saxon pathology -- 'Monster men and women' : Woolf's grotesque German body and Lawrence's bad modernity -- The 'soldiers of modernism' : The lure of fascist corporeality in travel writing and fiction -- 'The thinning of the membrane between the this and the that' : Englishness and espionage in Blitz writing
Control code
ocn318645887
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 233 p.
Isbn
9780754656722
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2009015758
Other physical details
ill.

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