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Regional Modernisms

Edited by Neal Alexander, James Moran

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Explores the regional contexts of literary modernism, reading international aesthetics through local cultures

Where did literary modernism happen? In this book, a range of scholars seek to answer this question, re-evaluating the parameters of modernism in the light of recent developments in literary geography as well as literary history, examining an array of different literary forms including novels, poetry, theatre, and ‘little magazines’. The volume identifies and appraises the local attachments of modernist texts in particular geographical regions and also interrogates the idea of the 'regional' in light of the alienating displacements of transnational modernity.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Regional modernisms, Neal Alexander and James Moran
1. ‘that trouble’: Regional modernism and ‘little magazines’, Andrew Thacker
2. The regional modernism of D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce, Andrew Harrison
3. J.M. Synge, authenticity, and the regional, Patrick Lonergan
4. Pound, Yeats, and the regional repertory theatres, James Moran
5. Capturing the scale of fiction at mid-century, David James
6. Regionalism and modernity: The case of Leo Walmsley, Dominic Head
7. Hugh MacDiarmid’s modernisms: Synthetic Scots and the spectre of Robert Burns, Drew Milne
8. Welsh modernist poetry: Dylan Thomas, David Jones, Lynette Roberts, John Goodby and Chris Wigginton
9. Between the islands: Michael McLaverty, late modernism, and the insular turn, John Brannigan
10. The idea of north: Basil Bunting and regional modernism, Neal Alexander
Select Bibliography
Index.

About the Author

Neal Alexander lectures in English literature at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Ciaran Carson: Space, place, writing (Liverpool University Press, 2010) and co-editor (with David Cooper) of Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-war Poetry (Liverpool University Press, 2012). He has published on twentieth- and twenty-first-century British and Irish writing in the journals Textual Practice, Contemporary Literature, and Irish Studies Review.

James Moran is head of drama at the University of Nottingham and is the author of a number of books and articles about the literature of Ireland and the cultural history of the English midlands, including Staging the Easter Rising (Cork University Press, 2005), Irish Birmingham: A History (Liverpool University Press, 2010), and The Plays of Seán O’Casey (Methuen, 2013). He also presents the regular book-club feature on BBC Radio Nottingham.