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The American Isherwood

James J. Berg and Chris Freeman (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Novelist, memoirist, diarist, and gay pioneer Christopher Isherwood left a wealth of writings. Known for his crisp style and his camera-like precision with detail, Isherwood gained fame for his ... More


Auto/biografiction: Counterfeit Lives: A Taxonomy of Displacements of Fiction towards Life‐Writing

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines the converse displacement to that considered in Chapters 3 and Chapter 4, looking instead at cases where fiction‐writers colonize the forms of life‐writing, producing a variety ... More


Bad Dreams: Edward Upward and Marxist Prophecy

Benjamin Kohlmann

in Committed Styles: Modernism, Politics, and Left-Wing Literature in the 1930s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198715467
eISBN:
9780191783197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715467.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The works of the Communist writer Edward Upward are usually held up as a ‘case study’ illustrating the alleged incompatibility of literature and politics. Arguing against this reductive account, this ... More


Camera Consciousness

Lara Feigel

in Literature, Cinema and Politics 1930-1945: Reading Between the Frames

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639502
eISBN:
9780748652938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639502.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter explores the 1930s experiments with camera consciousness. Christopher Isherwood has Edward Upward's tutor's capacity to magnify and distort objects. The hyperreality of 1930s Germany is ... More


The Celebrity Effect: Isherwood, Hollywood, and the Performance of Self

Lisa Colletta

in The American Isherwood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how Christopher Isherwood became fascinated with celebrity culture in Hollywood in the 1940s and established a circle of friends that is a veritable who’s who of Classic ... More


Christopher Isherwood and Edward Upward

Benjamin Kohlmann

in The American Isherwood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on Christopher Isherwood’s friendship with fellow writer Edward Upward. According to the most familiar account of how Isherwood and Upward became friends, the two men shared a ... More


Christopher Isherwood, Gay Liberation, and the Question of Style

Jaime Harker

in Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679133
eISBN:
9781452948072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679133.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses changes in the literature of gay liberation that took place during the 1970s, specifically for Christopher Isherwood. Gay liberation in the 1970s centered on the guiding ... More


Down Where on a Visit?: Isherwood’s Mythology of Self

Rebecca Gordon Stewart

in The American Isherwood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how Christopher Isherwood manipulates his creation of a “mythology of self” in the 1962 novel Down There on a Visit. In the 1950s, as Isherwood continued to struggle with ... More


“Fagtrash”: Pulp Paperbacksand Cold War Queer Readers

Jaime Harker

in Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679133
eISBN:
9781452948072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679133.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how Christopher Isherwood’s efforts to establish his authorial identity were affected by the Cold War “paperback revolution” and his homosexual readers. The paperback revolution ... More


Ford Does Isherwood

Kyle Stevens

in The American Isherwood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines what Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel A Single Man becomes for 2009, how it remembers gay identity in the early 1960s, and how it imagines the “epistemology of the closet” for ... More


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