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- DescriptionIn this book, one of modernism's most insightful critics, Jane Marcus, examines the writings of velists such as Virginia Woolf, Nancy Cunard, Mulk Raj Anand, and Djuna Barnes, artists whose work coincided with the end of empire and the rise of fascism before the Second World War. All these writers delved into the dark hearts of imperialism and totalitarianism and tackled some of the most complex cultural issues of the day. Marcus investigates previous unrecognized ways in which social and political tensions are embodied in their works. The centerpiece of the book is Marcus's dialogue with one of her best-kwn essays, Britannia Rules The Waves. In that piece, she argues that The Waves makes a strong anti-imperialist statement. Although many are convinced by that argument, Marcus w goes further in order to question the moral value of such a buried critique on Woolf's part. Other chapters traverse the connected issues of modernism, race, and imperialism. In two of them, we follow Nancy Cunard through the making of the Negro anthology and her appearance in a popular vel of the freewheeling Jazz Age. Elsewhere, Marcus delivers a complex analysis of A Passage to India, a reading that interrogates E. M. Forster's displacement of his fear of white Englishwomen struggling for the vote, and on to the Indian scene, where they are blamed for the evils of empire.
- Author BiographyJane Marcus is Distinguished Professor of English at CUNY-Graduate Center and City College of New York. She is the author of Virginia Woolf and the Languages of Patriarchy and the forthcoming White Looks, Black Books: Nancy Cunard and Modernist Primitivism (Rutgers University Press).
- Author(s)Jane Marcus
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication28/02/2003
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Note15 b&w illustrations
- Weight331 g
- Width158 mm
- Height180 mm
- Spine14 mm
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