English Modernism National Identity and the Germans 1890 1950

English Modernism  National Identity and the Germans  1890   1950

This is the first systematic study to trace the way representations of 'Germanness' in modernist British literature from 1890 to 1950 contributed to the development of English identity.

Author: Petra Rau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317143024

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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This is the first systematic study to trace the way representations of 'Germanness' in modernist British literature from 1890 to 1950 contributed to the development of English identity. Petra Rau examines the shift in attitudes towards Germany and Germans, from suspicious competitiveness in the late Victorian period to the aggressive hostility of the First World War and the curious inconsistencies of the 1930s and 1940s. These shifts were no simple response to political change but the result of an anxious negotiation of modernity in which specific aspects of Englishness were projected onto representations of Germans and Germany in English literature and culture. While this incisive argument clarifies and deepens our understanding of cultural and national politics in the first half of the twentieth century, it also complicates current debates surrounding race and 'otherness' in cultural studies. Authors discussed include major figures such as Conrad, Woolf, Lawrence, Ford, Forster and Bowen, as well as popular or less familiar writers such as Saki, Graham Greene, and Stevie Smith. Accessibly written and convincingly argued, Rau's study will not only be an important book for scholars but will serve as a valuable guide to undergraduates working in modernism, literary history, and European cultural relations.
Categories: Literary Criticism

English Modernism National Identity and the Germans 1890 1950

English Modernism  National Identity and the Germans  1890   1950

When I speak of the Germans I speak of a cultural phenomenology: of the way in which Germans, Germany, or German 'national ... 2004. is a thesis I wish to be as careful with 8 English Modernism, National Identity and the Germans, 1890-1950.

Author: Dr Petra Rau

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409475415

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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This is the first systematic study to trace the way representations of 'Germanness' in modernist British literature from 1890 to 1950 contributed to the development of English identity. Petra Rau examines the shift in attitudes towards Germany and Germans, from suspicious competitiveness in the late Victorian period to the aggressive hostility of the First World War and the curious inconsistencies of the 1930s and 1940s. These shifts were no simple response to political change but the result of an anxious negotiation of modernity in which specific aspects of Englishness were projected onto representations of Germans and Germany in English literature and culture. While this incisive argument clarifies and deepens our understanding of cultural and national politics in the first half of the twentieth century, it also complicates current debates surrounding race and 'otherness' in cultural studies. Authors discussed include major figures such as Conrad, Woolf, Lawrence, Ford, Forster and Bowen, as well as popular or less familiar writers such as Saki, Graham Greene, and Stevie Smith. Accessibly written and convincingly argued, Rau's study will not only be an important book for scholars but will serve as a valuable guide to undergraduates working in modernism, literary history, and European cultural relations.
Categories: Literary Criticism

An Introduction to Ford Madox Ford

An Introduction to Ford Madox Ford

33 Rau, English Modernism, National Identity and the Germans, 18901950, p. 92. 34 This, for example, is a topic at the heart of Kazuo Ishiguro's 1989 novel The Remains of the Day, which deals with the idea of Englishness in crisis.

Author: Ashley Chantler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317181774

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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For students and readers new to the work of Ford Madox Ford, this volume provides a comprehensive introduction to one of the most complex, important and fascinating authors. Bringing together leading Ford scholars, the volume places Ford's work in the context of significant literary, artistic and historical events and movements. Individual essays consider Ford's theory of literary Impressionism and the impact of the First World War; illuminate The Good Soldier and Parade's End; engage with topics such as the city, gender, national identity and politics; discuss Ford as an autobiographer, poet, propagandist, sociologist, Edwardian and modernist; and show his importance as founding editor of the groundbreaking English Review and transatlantic review. The volume encourages detailed close reading of Ford's writing and illustrates the importance of engaging with secondary sources.
Categories: Literary Criticism

War Nation and Europe in the Novels of Storm Jameson

War  Nation and Europe in the Novels of Storm Jameson

(2013b), Obscene Modernism: Literary Censorship and Experimentation, 1900–1940, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Rau, Petra. (2009), English Modernism, National Identity and the Germans, 18901950, Farnham: Ashgate. Reagin, Nancy Ruth.

Author: Katherine Cooper

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350094451

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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The novels of Storm Jameson and their depictions of Britain's relationship to Europe around the Second World War represent a crucial departure from the work of her contemporaries. As the first female President of English PEN, Jameson led her country's wartime literary community through turbulent times in history by focusing on European – rather than pointedly British – experiences of war. War, Nation and Europe in the Novels of Storm Jameson is a timely critique situated within the historical and theoretical contexts so fundamental to understanding her work. Presenting previously unpublished archival material that documents her work as an ambassador for British writers during a time of national upheaval, Katherine Cooper reveals how the novelist's pacifism and evolving attitudes to war and peace were underpinned by her overarching vision for the post-war world. Drawing comparisons to the works of Virginia Woolf, Arthur Koestler, Graham Greene and others, this study shows how Jameson's novels gesture towards prevalent internationalist perspectives and reshapes how we view the literary history of the period.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Our Nazis

Our Nazis

Key Features: Broad interdisciplinary approach which includes literature, film, TV and art Wide coverage of popular forms and High Art Comparison with earlier material about fascism which reaches back to the 1930s 'This energetically ...

Author: Petra Rau

Publisher: Edinburgh Critical Studies in

ISBN: 0748668640

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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An analysis of the resurgent cultural fascination with Nazism since 1989. Why has a fascination with fascism re-emerged after the Cold War? What is its cultural function now, in an era of commemoration? Focusing particularly on the British context, this study offers the first analysis of contemporary popular and literary fiction, film, TV and art exhibitions about Nazis and Nazism. Petra Rau brings this material into dialogue with earlier responses to fascism and demonstrates how, paradoxically, Nazism has been both mediated and mythologised to the extent that it now often replaces a critical engagement with actual, violent history.In 5 thematic chapters on Nazi Noir, Men in Uniform, Vile Bodies, The Good German and Meta-Cinematic Farce, Rau provides close analysis of contemporary novels such as Jason Lutes' graphic novel series Berlin, historical crime fiction by Philip Kerr and others, Robert Harris' Fatherland, Ian McEwan's Black Dogs and Justin Cartwright's The Song Before It Is Sung; films such as Bryan Singer's Valkyrie and Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards; art installations including Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art, and Fucking Hell by Jake and Dinos Chapman; and Piotr Uklanski's photo frieze, Untitled (The Nazis).
Categories: Literary Criticism

Sparta

Sparta

Croix 1910–2000 ' , Proceedings of the British Academy 111 , 447-78 . Rau , P. 2009 English Modernism , National Identity and the Germans , 18901950 , Farnham . Rawson , E. 1969 The Spartan Tradition in European Thought , Oxford ...

Author: Anton Powell

Publisher: Classical Pressof Wales

ISBN: IND:30000127028219

Category: History

Page: 348

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This is the 7th volume from the International Sparta Seminar. Chapters by distinguished scholars deal with the politics of Spartan nudity; the insecurity of Spartan kings and their involvement with divination; the social meaning of the prominence of animals in Lakonian vase-painting and in naming; what Lakonian vase-painting reveals about local consumerism; the ' ghost of the Lakedaimonian state' and the position of Sparta's perioikoi; Ephorus' idealising view of Sparta; how Spartan women policed the behaviour of men; and how 20th-century intellectuals compared Sparta with Nazi Germany. Anton Powell is the author of Athens and Sparta (2nd edn., 2001) and of Virgil the Partisan (2008). He founded and, with Stephen Hodkinson, organises the International Sparta Seminar. He has conceived and edited numerous collective volumes in Ancient History. He is the editor of Wiley-Blackwell's Companion to Sparta (2011, forthcoming). Powell has recently been Visiting Professor at L'Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris and at the University of Bordeaux. Stephen Hodkinson is an internationally-recognised authority on the history of Sparta. Author of numerous influential studies in Greek history, his book Property and Wealth in Classical Sparta (2000) is the leading work in its field. Stephen Hodkinson is Professor of Ancient History and Director of the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies at the University of Nottingham.
Categories: History

Conflict Nationhood and Corporeality in Modern Literature

Conflict  Nationhood and Corporeality in Modern Literature

This collection examines ways in which modern literature responds to the body-at-war, examining the effects of violent conflict on the body in its literal and representative forms.

Author: Petra Rau

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230231527

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This collection examines ways in which modern literature responds to the body-at-war, examining the effects of violent conflict on the body in its literal and representative forms. Spanning literature from World War I to the present day, it includes essays on pacifist theatre, torture, fascist fantasies, and uniforms and masculinity.
Categories: Literary Criticism