Modernism and Nostalgia Bodies, Locations, Aesthetics

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  • Copyright: 2013-07-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The thirteen essays and 'Afterword' in Modernism and Nostalgia: Bodies, Locations, Aesthetics address the multiple meanings of nostalgia in the experimental literature of the early twentieth century. Whether depicted as a felt emotion, a form of memory, or a type of fixation, the essays demonstrate that nostalgia involves a tension between past and present, a tension that modernist writers depicted in order to bring the past into conversation with the present. Theses essays show how modernist writers responded to the upheavals of the period - war, modernization, and a number of geographic and social dislocations - from the unique mode of insight made available by nostalgia. The essays in this collection demonstrate that the nostalgic impulse in modernist literature reveals how deeply rooted in the damaged, the old, the vanishing, and the lost were the variety of efforts to imagine and produce the new - the distinctly modern.

Author Biography

Tammy Clewell is Associate Professor of English at Kent State University, USA, where she teaches modern British literature. Her work has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Angelaki, Literature/Film Quarterly, and Postmodern Culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Past 'Perfect' and Present 'Tense': The Abuses and Uses of Modernist Nostalgia; Tammy Clewell
1. Modernism and the Referendum on Nostalgia in Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier; Bernard Schweizer
2. Nostalgia, Trauma, and the Aftermath of War: Siegfried Sassoon and W.H.R. Rivers; Robert Hemmings
3. You Can't Go Home Again: Ambivalent Nostalgia in T.S. Eliot's Poetry; Gabrielle McIntire
4. Matricide and the End of Nostalgia in Elizabeth Bowen; Maren Linett
5. 'Must England's beauty perish?': The Country House, Preservation, and Nostalgia in Vita Sackville-West's The Edwardians and Virginia Woolf's Orlando; Sarah Edwards
6. Modernist Urban Nostalgia and British Metropolitan Writing, 1908-1934; Barry J. Faulk
7. Katherine Mansfield, D.H. Lawrence, and Imperialist Nostalgia; Carey Snyder
8. 'There'll be no more fishing this side the grave': Radical Nostalgia in George Orwell's Coming Up for Air; Patricia Rae
9. Dissolving Landscapes: W.H. Auden's Protean Nostalgia; Eve Sorum
10. Rupert Brooke's Ambivalent Mourning, Erza Pound's Anticipatory Nostalgia; Meredith Martin
11. The Beloved Republic: Nostalgia and the Political Aesthetic of E.M. Forster; John J. Su
12. Nostalgia, Mourning, and Désistance in James Joyce's Ulysses; Christy L. Burns
13. Modernist Nostalgia/Nostalgia for Modernism: Anthony Powell and Evelyn Waugh; Marina MacKay
Afterword: Nostalgia and Modernist Anxiety; Elizabeth Outka

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