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The Intermodern Assumption of the Future: William Empson, Charles Madge and Mass-Observation

Nick Hubble

in Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635092
eISBN:
9780748651924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635092.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines William Empson and the Mass-Observation movement, which it pinpoints as the most relevant expression of Empson's type of intermodernism. This is supported by Empson's ... More


Social Facts and Poetic Authority: The Political Aesthetic of Mass-Observation

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/9780198715467.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Mass-Observation functions as a focal lens in the context of thirties writing, reflecting some of the decade’s central artistic and political ambitions and spelling out their inherent tensions. While ... More


Madge's Observers

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter discusses Charles Madge's work in establishing Mass-Observation's panel of volunteer observers, and the people – notably Humphrey Jennings - who assisted him in Mass-Observation's ... More


War Begins

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter looks at how, at the outbreak of war, Mass-Observation looked to the new Ministry of Information for sponsorship, but, despite a brief commission in the autumn of 1939, it was not until ... More


Origins

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The chapter discusses the origins of Mass-Observation and the initial intentions of its two founders, Charles Madge (poet, journalist, surrealist, Communist) and Tom Harrisson (adventurer, ... More


Saving and Spending

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter deals with the new team led by Charles Madge in Bolton between the autumn of 1938 and the outbreak of war. It highlights the key role played by Gertrude Wagner, an Austrian refugee, in ... More


The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

James Hinton

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This is the first full scale history of Mass-Observation, the independent social research organization which, between 1937 and 1949, set out to document the attitudes, opinions, and everyday lives of ... More


Between Communism and ‘Purity’ of Style: The Revolutions of English Surrealism

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/9780198715467.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The history of English Surrealism’s literary-political defences – and the question of poetry’s ‘usefulness’ which it explicitly and implicitly raises – is an under-evaluated, though central part of ... More


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