Modernism and World War II

  title={Modernism and World War II},
  author={Marina Mackay},
Introduction: modernism beyond the Blitz 1. Virginia Woolf and the pastoral Patria 2. Rebecca West's anti-Bloomsbury Group 3. The situational politics of Four Quartets 4. The neutrality of Henry Green 5. Evelyn Waugh and the ends of minority culture Coda: national historiography after the post-War settlement Bibliography. 
Histories of the Future: The Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Reconstruction of Modernism in Post-war Britain
turer in 20th and 21st century British Literature at the University of Southhampton. He is the author of articles on Samuel Beckett, Doris Lessing, and coeditor of Doris Lessing and the Forming ofExpand
War Rations and the Food Politics of Late Modernism
an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon. She has published articles in Modern Drama, Modern Fiction Studies, and the forthcoming collection Postcolonial Ecologies. Among her works inExpand
“Swastika arms of passage leading to nothing”: Late Modernism and the “New” Britain
Looking at late modernist writing in Britain alongside the modernist architectural practices advanced by the 1940s British state affords a newly historical and material perspective on lateExpand
The 1939 State
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Wallace Stevens and the Poetics of Modernist Autonomy
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The Early Life of Septimus Smith
While recent criticism has made an effort to highlight Virginia Woolf’s political engagements, we are still trying to account for the oddly insubstantial presence of the Great War in Mrs. Dalloway .Expand
The Planes Made One Think: Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts and Invasion Literature
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The "demonic forces" at Auschwitz: T. S. Eliot reads Jerzy Andrzejewski's Roll Call
Lecturer in Literature in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. She has previously taught at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Warwick, andExpand
“Nowhere’s Safe”: Ruinous Reconstruction in Muriel Spark’s The Girls of Slender Means
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"Contemplating the idiot" in Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts
Abstract:Between the Acts (1941) tests modernism's aesthetic investment in exploring interiority through the figure of a "village idiot." For Woolf, so-called idiocy represents an unreadable form ofExpand


Britain and 1940: History, Myth and Popular Memory
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British Writing of the Second World War
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1940 has long been regarded as the time when political parties put aside their differences to unite under Churchill and focus on the task of war. But the war years witnessed a radical shift inExpand
The Ideas That Shaped Post-War Britain
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