|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.
|| 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.
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|| Print version record.