A reader's guide to Edwardian literature by Anthea Trodd

By Anthea Trodd

A survey of the variations of Edwardian writing and the way they healthy into literary and cultural swap. This e-book covers writers akin to Conrad, Forster, Wells, Bennett, Shaw, Kipling, Tressell, Hardy, Yeats and Woolf. Modernists similar to Lawrence and Mansfield also are integrated. the writer combines literary feedback of writing within the Edwardian interval with cultural exams (for instance, she examines imperialism and patriarchy), and units her paintings in an historic context.

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The study of English literature was to be the instrument inculcating a sense of community and tradition in the new state grammar schools. In this period of British hegemony the Romantic concept of literature as expressive of the inner spirit of a nation acquired a new gloss. 5 The Edwardian period saw great creativity in what has been called 'the invention of tradition'. Amidst the mass production of traditions in many areas, invention was nowhere more successful than in the ceremonies accumulating around the British monarchy.

Woolf's Miss Allen, a minor practitioner in the field, is part of this assertion as she writes her history of English literature on the edge of an alien (South American) continent, at the mouth of a great river which has its source deep in the interior, in a heart of darkness, far from civilisation. Page 4 In The Voyage Out both the young people feel oppressed by Miss Allen's attempt to place them in a tradition. In Terence's case his resistance is couched in terms of his writing ambitions.  . the things people don't say' (Ch.

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