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The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature (The New Cambridge History of English Literature)

The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature (The New Cambridge History of English Literature)

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Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 2012-10-29
EAN 9781107609488, ISBN10: 1107609488
897 pages, 23.8 x 15.2 x 4.4 cm

This Cambridge History is the first major history of twentieth-century English literature to cover the full range of writing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The volume also explores the impact of writing from the former colonies on English literature of the period and analyses the ways in which conventional literary genres were shaped and inflected by the new cultural technologies of radio, cinema, and television. In providing an authoritative narrative of literary and cultural production across the century, this History acknowledges the claims for innovation and modernization that chracterise the beginning of the period. At the same time, it attends analytically to the more profound patterns of continuity and development which avant-garde tendencies characteristically underplay. Containing all the virtues of a Cambridge History, this new volume is a major event for anyone concerned with twentieth-century literature, its cultural context, and its relation to the contemporary.

'The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature is an event to be celebrated by modernist and other twentieth-century scholars ...individual contributions are, without exception, written with both intelligence and an engaging energy, and many, even most, manage both to present economically what 'everyone knows or else should know' ... 'The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature is then an altogether fitting monument to the literature of the past century, and a rich artifact of modernist and twentieth-century studies ...' Kevin J .H. Dettmar, Modernism/Modernity