Modernism in the Metrocolony (Innbundet)

Urban Cultures of Empire in Twentieth-Century Literature


Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2020
Antall sider: 280
Forlag: Cambridge University Press
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9781108835626
Kategori: Språk og Kulturhistorie
Omtale Modernism in the Metrocolony
While literary modernism is often associated with Euro-American metropolises such as London, Paris or New York, this book considers the place of the colonial city in modernist fiction. From the streets of Dublin to the shop-houses of Singapore, and from the botanical gardens of Bombay to the suburbs of Suva, the monumental landscapes of British colonial cities aimed to reinforce empire's universalising claims, yet these spaces also contradicted and resisted the impositions of an idealised English culture. Inspired by the uneven landscapes of the urban British empire, a group of twentieth-century writers transformed the visual incongruities and anachronisms on display in the city streets into sources of critique and formal innovation. Showing how these writers responded to empire's metrocolonial complexities and built legacies, Modernism in the Metrocolony traces an alternative, peripheral history of the modernist city.

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