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Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature


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From Joyce to Rushdie, Modernism to Food Writing, Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Literature looks at both the literature and culture of the 20th century. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside religion, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, travel, class, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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The Nationality of Utopia: H. G. Wells, England, and the World State

The Nationality of Utopia: H. G. Wells, England, and the World State

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Maxim Shadurski
September 14, 2019

Since its generic inception in 1516, utopia has produced visions of alterity which renegotiate, subvert, and transcend existing places. Early in the twentieth century, H. G. Wells linked utopia to the World State, whose post-national, post-Westphalian emergence he predicated on English national...

Black USA and Spain: Shared Memories in 20th Century Spain

Black USA and Spain: Shared Memories in 20th Century Spain

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Rosalía Cornejo-Parriego
August 12, 2019

During the 20th-century, Spaniards and African-Americans shared significant cultural memories forged by the profound impact that various artistic and historical events had on each other. Addressing three crucial periods (the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age, the Spanish Civil War, and Franco's...

New Oceania: Modernisms and Modernities in the Pacific

New Oceania: Modernisms and Modernities in the Pacific

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Maebh Long, Matthew Hayward
August 12, 2019

For so long figured in European discourses as the antithesis of modernity, the Pacific Islands have remained all but absent from the modernist studies’ critical map. Yet, as the chapters of New Oceania: Modernisms and Modernities in the Pacific collectively show, Pacific artists and writers have...

Theatre-Fiction in Britain from Henry James to Doris Lessing: Writing in the Wings

Theatre-Fiction in Britain from Henry James to Doris Lessing: Writing in the Wings

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Graham Wolfe
July 11, 2019

This volume posits and explores an intermedial genre called theatre-fiction, understood in its broadest sense as referring to novels and stories that engage in concrete and sustained ways with theatre. Though theatre has made star appearances in dozens of literary fictions, including many by modern...

The British Stake In Japanese Modernity: Readings in Liberal Tradition and Native Modernism

The British Stake In Japanese Modernity: Readings in Liberal Tradition and Native Modernism

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Michael Gardiner
July 09, 2019

This book describes firstly a Japanese modernity which is readable not only as a modernising, but also as a Britishing, and secondly modernist attempts to overhaul this British universalism in some well-known and some less-known Japanese texts. From the mid-nineteenth century, and particularly as...

Gombrowicz in Transnational Context: Translation, Affect, and Politics

Gombrowicz in Transnational Context: Translation, Affect, and Politics

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Silvia Dapia
June 18, 2019

Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969) was born and lived in Poland for the first half of his life but spent twenty-four years as an émigré in Argentina before returning to Europe to live in West Berlin and finally Vence, France. His works have always been of interest to those studying Polish or Argentinean...

Ezra Pound and 20th-Century Theories of Language: Faith with the Word

Ezra Pound and 20th-Century Theories of Language: Faith with the Word

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James Dowthwaite
June 12, 2019

Ezra Pound is one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century, a writer whose poetry is particularly notable for the intensity of its linguistic qualities. Indeed, from the principles of Imagism to the polyphony of his Cantos, Pound is central to our conception of modernism’s...

Ukrainian Erotomaniac Fictions: First Postindependence Wave

Ukrainian Erotomaniac Fictions: First Postindependence Wave

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Maryna Romanets
April 29, 2019

Ukrainian Erotomaniac Fictions explores the aggressive sexualization of the Ukrainian cultural mainstream after the collapse of the USSR as a counter-reaction to the Soviet state's totalitarian, repressive politics of the body. While the book's introduction includes concise sections on such...

Literary and Cultural Alternatives to Modernism: Unsettling Presences

Literary and Cultural Alternatives to Modernism: Unsettling Presences

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Kostas Boyiopoulos, Anthony Patterson, Mark Sandy
April 01, 2019

Our collection of essays re-evaluates the much critically contested term of Modernism that, eventually, came to be used of the dominant, or paradigmatic, strain of literary discourse in early-twentieth-century culture. Modernism as a category is one which is constantly challenged, hybridised, and...

Henry James and the Media Arts of Modernity: Commercial Cosmopolitanism

Henry James and the Media Arts of Modernity: Commercial Cosmopolitanism

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June Hee Chung
March 21, 2019

Henry James and the Media Arts of Modernity: Commercial Cosmopolitanism turns to the author’s late fiction, letters, and essays to investigate his contribution to the development of an American cosmopolitan culture, both in popular and high art. The book contextualizes James’s writing within a...

Hermeneutic Ontology in Gadamer and Woolf: The Being of Art and the Art of Being

Hermeneutic Ontology in Gadamer and Woolf: The Being of Art and the Art of Being

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Adam Noland
March 12, 2019

This volume analyses Virginia Woolf’s novels through a philosophical lens, providing an interpretive overview of her works through Hans-Georg Gadamer’s hermeneutic ontology. The text argues that interpretation itself is the central subject matter of Woolf’s novels: in order to understand these...

Modernism and Modernity in British Women’s Magazines: Ultra-Modern Eves

Modernism and Modernity in British Women’s Magazines: Ultra-Modern Eves

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Alice Wood
March 01, 2019

This book explores the treatment of modernism and modernity in early twentieth-century British women’s magazines. It expands recent research into the diverse markets and publication outlets through which literary modernism circulated by tracing modernism’s presence in commercial magazines that have...

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