British Writers Of The Thirties

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  • Publish Date: 1988-03-10
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Valentine Cunningham

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This wide-ranging study of British writers of the 1930s examines the masterpieces of that momentous decade, not in linguistic isolation, but in the contexts--social, political, historical, ideological, and personal--in which they were composed. Cunningham maps out the dominant images and concerns, nothing less than the central obsessions and imposing images of the '30s imagination. He analyzes the obsession with violence, the destructive element of post-World War consciousness; the cult of youth, of schools and schoolmasters; the infatuation with heroes--flyers, mountaineers, and racing car drivers--and the related concern about being small, weak, or neurotic in an age of mass politics. In order to illustrate this kaleidoscope of themes, Cunningham examines not only the canonical texts, but also minor forms and writings, including detective stories, films, and popular songs, showing how these neglected genres also illuminate the work of this period.

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