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Chris Baldick is Professor of English at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has written several works of literary history including The Modern Movement (Oxford, 2004), along with the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008), and co-edited with Jane Desmarais Decadence: An Annotated Anthology (Manchester, 2012).
Table of Contents
General Editor's Preface
Introduction: In Search of the Twentyish
A Decade Overlooked
Times of the Twenties
Genres of the Twenties
Places of the Twenties
National Literatures and International Authors
Twentyish Figures: Character-Types of the Decade
Antinomies of the Twenties: Tradition and Experiment
Generations of the Twenties
Insecure Boundaries and Textual Revisions
Chapter 1 - A Literature of Ideas
The Inner Voice: Gyres and Ganglia
Shaw: Back to Methuselah
The Advent of Freud
Sinclair: Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Tendentious Fiction and Narrative Preaching
Longer Philosophical Poems: Bridges and MacDiarmid
Aldous Huxley and the Novel of Ideas
Chapter 2 - Mixing Memory and Desire: Modernism and Anachronism
Woolf: Mrs Dalloway
Ford: Some Do Not . . .
'The Waste Land': Eliot's Exhumations of the Dead
Yeats and the Artifice of Eternity
From Here to Simultaneity: Criticism against History
Powys: Mr Weston's Good Wine
Shaw: Saint Joan
Chapter 3 - Never Such Innocence: Versions of Experience and Disillusionment
Cracks across History
Triptychal Permutations of War Literature
Ironies of Trench Education: Blunden, Sassoon, Graves
War-Experience in the Novel: The Spanish Farm Trilogy and Kangaroo
Other Disenchantments and Awakenings: Mansfield
The Painted Veil and Mr Fortune's Maggot
Learning from Experience: Huxley
The Elder Ironists and the End of Innocence
Disillusionment and All That
Chapter 4 - Impunities: Crime, Comedy and Camp
Maugham: The Casuarina Tree
Murder Most Frivolous: Detective Fiction of the Early Golden Age
The Comedy of Crime I: On Stage
Lonsdale: The Last of Mrs Cheyney
The Comedy of Crime II: Narrative Comedy
Waugh: Decline and Fall
Types of Promiscuity
Arlen: The Green Hat
Straying and Misbehaving
Aren't we all? Amorality and the rise of Camp
Chapter 5 - But It Still Goes On: The Passing of the Twenties
Previews of the Thirties
The Twenties Revisited: Waugh and Isherwood