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English Literature of the 1920s

David Ayers

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The English literature of the 1920s is commonly treated in terms of its position within European or Anglo-American Modernism. This book argues that the English Literature of the period can be better understood when it is examined in the context of a more local social and literary history. Focusing principally on the novel, it sets modernist works alongside non-modernist and popular forms, looking at the engagement of these texts with social concerns, including sexuality, gender and class politics, Englishness, empire and the cultural pessimism which informed the formation of English as a modern University subject.

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About the Author

David Ayers is Professor of Modernism and Critical Theory at the University of Kent. He has published books on Wyndham Lewis, English Literature of the 1920s, Modernism, and Literary Theory, and is editor for the book series of the European Network of Avant-garde and Modernism Studies.