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A shrinking island : modernism and national culture in England / Jed Esty.

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Subject: English literature > 20th century > History and criticism.
Modernism (Literature) > England.
Literature and anthropology > England > History > 20th century.
Literature and society > England > History > 20th century.
Postcolonialism in literature.
Imperialism in literature.
Nationalism in literature.
England > Intellectual life > 20th century.
Littérature anglaise > 20e siècle > Histoire et critique.
Modernisme (Littérature) > Angleterre.
Littérature et anthropologie > Angleterre > Histoire > 20e siècle.
Littérature et société > Angleterre > Histoire > 20e siècle.
Postcolonialisme dans la littérature.
Impérialisme dans la littérature.
Nationalisme dans la littérature.
Angleterre > Vie intellectuelle > 20e siècle.
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  • ISBN: 9781400825745
  • ISBN: 1400825741
  • ISBN: 9780691115481
  • ISBN: 0691115486
  • ISBN: 9780691115498
  • ISBN: 0691115494
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 285 pages)
  • Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-275) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction : late modernism and the anthropological turn -- Modernism and metropolitan perception in England -- Insular rites : Virginia Woolf and the late modernism pageant-play -- Insular time : T.S. Eliot and modernism's English end -- Becoming minor.
Summary: This book describes a major literary culture caught in the act of becoming minor. In 1939, Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary, "Civilisation has shrunk." Her words captured not only the onset of World War II, but also a longer-term reversal of national fortune. The first comprehensive account of modernism and imperialism in England, A Shrinking Island tracks the joint eclipse of modernist aesthetics and British power from the literary experiments of the 1930s through the rise of cultural studies in the 1950s. Jed Esty explores the effects of declining empire on modernist form--and on the very me.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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