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History & Criticism
  • Author:
    Jed Esty
  • ISBN:
    0691115486
  • ISBN13:
    978-0691115481
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  • Publisher:
    Princeton University Press (November 30, 2003)
  • Pages:
    304 pages
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    History & Criticism
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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.

A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England. This book describes a major literary culture caught in the act of becoming minor

A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England. 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

This book describes a major literary culture caught in the act of becoming minor.

Published by: Princeton University Press. Jed Esty explores the effects of declining empire on modernist form-and on the very meaning of Englishness.

Jed Esty explores the effects of declining empire on modernist form-and on the very me. Subject Term: English literature - 20th century - History and criticism. Modernism (Literature) - England. Literature and anthropology - England - History - 20th century. Literature and society - England - History - 20th century

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Without doubt, one of the best books on modernism and imperialism. Simon Gikandi, University of Michigan). This is a superb and stunningly mature first book that sustains both a conceptually ambitious thesis and scrupulous, sensitive, and patient attention to matters of literary form.

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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 meaning of Englishness. He ranges from canonical figures (T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf) to influential midcentury intellectuals (J. M. Keynes and J.R.R. Tolkien), from cultural studies pioneers (Raymond Williams and E. P. Thompson) to postwar migrant writers (George Lamming and Doris Lessing). Focusing on writing that converts the potential energy of the contracting British state into the language of insular integrity, he argues that an anthropological ethos of cultural holism came home to roost in late-imperial England. Esty's interpretation challenges popular myths about the death of English literature. It portrays the survivors of the modernist generation not as aesthetic dinosaurs, but as participants in the transition from empire to welfare state, from metropolitan art to national culture. Mixing literary criticism with postcolonial theory, his account of London modernism's end-stages and after-lives provides a fresh take on major works while redrawing the lines between modernism and postmodernism.