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Desire and time in modern English fiction, 1919-2017

By: Dellamora, Richard

Part of the Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature series
0367488760 / 9780367488765
Published 01/05/2020
23 cm 264 pages
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Beginning with Somerset Maugham's innovative, sexually dissident South Seas novel and tales and Alfred Hitchcock's gay-inflected revisiting of the Jack the Ripper sensation in silent film, this book considers the continuing presence of the past in future-oriented work of the 1930s and the Second World War by Sylvia Townsend Warner, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, and the playwright and novelist, Patrick Hamilton.

The final three chapters carry the discussion to the present in analyses of works by lesbian, postcolonial, and gay authors such as Sarah Waters, Amitav Ghosh, and Alan Hollinghurst.

Focusing on questions about temporality and changes in gender and sexuality, especially gay and lesbian, straight and queer, following the rejection of the Victorian patriarchal marriage model, this study examines the continuing influence of late Victorian Aestheticist and Decadent culture in Modernist writing and its permutations in England.


2AB English, DSA Literary theory, DSBH Literary studies: from c 1900 -, DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

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