By Jed Esty
This e-book describes an incredible literary tradition stuck within the act of turning into minor. In 1939, Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary, "Civilisation has shrunk." Her phrases captured not just the onset of global battle II, but additionally a longer-term reversal of nationwide fortune. the 1st accomplished account of modernism and imperialism in England, A Shrinking Island tracks the joint eclipse of modernist aesthetics and British strength from the literary experiments of the Nineteen Thirties during the upward thrust of cultural experiences within the 1950s.
Jed Esty explores the results of declining empire on modernist form--and at the very which means of Englishness. He levels from canonical figures (T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf) to influential midcentury intellectuals (J. M. Keynes and J.R.R. Tolkien), from cultural reviews pioneers (Raymond Williams and E. P. Thompson) to postwar migrant writers (George Lamming and Doris Lessing). concentrating on writing that converts the capability power of the contracting British kingdom into the language of insular integrity, he argues that an anthropological ethos of cultural holism got here domestic to roost in late-imperial England. Esty's interpretation demanding situations well known myths in regards to the dying of English literature. It portrays the survivors of the modernist iteration no longer as aesthetic dinosaurs, yet as members within the transition from empire to welfare country, from metropolitan artwork to nationwide tradition. blending literary feedback with postcolonial thought, his account of London modernism's end-stages and after-lives presents a clean tackle significant works whereas redrawing the strains among modernism and postmodernism.
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A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England by Jed Esty