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Ghosts inside the ‘Island Fortress’

Patrick Deer

in Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire, and Modern British Literature

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199239887
eISBN:
9780191716782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239887.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 4 examines wartime writers' challenges to official projections of an “island fortress” under siege at the heart of a loyal, but distant empire. During a wartime revival of popular ... More


War Gothic

Thomas S. Davis

in The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231169424
eISBN:
9780231537889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169424.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines ways late modernists modulated the gothic in order to render the insecurity pervading everyday life in wartime Britain.


Postscript. ‘The Ladies' Road’: Women Novelists 1922–1940

John Wilson Foster

in Irish Novels 1890-1940: New Bearings in Culture and Fiction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232833
eISBN:
9780191716454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232833.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This postscript focuses on publications by women novelists between 1922 and 1940. The impact of the turbulent period between the end of constitutionally British Ireland and the inauguration of the ... More


‘Creatures of an Impossible Time’: Late Modernism, Human Rights and Elizabeth Bowen

Lyndsey Stonebridge

in The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremberg

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748642359
eISBN:
9780748652150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642359.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Unlike Rebecca West or Hannah Arendt, Elizabeth Bowen was not a political journalist; nor did she ever aspire to be. She once described the taking up of the position of the ‘psychologically displaced ... More


Ferocious Beauty: Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Anne Porter and the Modernist Female Dandy

Ellen Crowell

in The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction: Aristocratic Drag

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625482
eISBN:
9780748652051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625482.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that dandyism is not exclusively masculine, because the dandy figure can also illuminate how feminine artifice is called upon to project the illusion of cultural hegemony. It ... More


‘No one is safe from the beggar’s pack’: Portability and Precarity

Emily Ridge

in Portable Modernisms: The Art of Travelling Light

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474419598
eISBN:
9781474434621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419598.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapter 3 traces the progressive alignment of portability with precarity from the late 1920s to the 1940s against a backdrop of political instability. The unfolding crisis of mass displacement across ... More


Veerer: Where Ghosts Live

Nicholas Royle

in Veering: A Theory of Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748636549
eISBN:
9780748652303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636549.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the question of where ghosts live through an engagement with the writings of Elizabeth Bowen, Raymond Williams and a few others. Ghosts pass so quickly. Veerer is in the house ... More


Trials and Errors: The Heat of the Day and Postwar Culpability

Allan Hepburn

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/9780748635092.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day against the backdrop of her postwar travels in East Europe, and also introduces the concept of the ‘intermodern narrative mode of the ... More


Ties: Elizabeth Bowen

Vike Martina Plock

in Modernism, Fashion and Interwar Women Writers

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474427418
eISBN:
9781474434607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427418.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter shows that Elizabeth Bowen’s most cosmopolitan novel, To the North (1932), strategically uses references to clothes and other sartorial items in the construction of literary character. ... More


The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremberg

Lyndsey Stonebridge

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748642359
eISBN:
9780748652150
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642359.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book tells the story of the struggle to imagine new forms of justice after Nuremberg. Returning to the work of Hannah Arendt as a theoretical starting point, the author traces an aesthetics of ... More


‘The savage and austere light of a burning world’: The Cinematic Blitz

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/9780748639502.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the British literature responding to the cinematic and photographic qualities of the Blitz. The cinematic properties of the Blitz were perhaps best captured in literature by ... More


‘Where is she?’ Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth Bowen

Jessica Gildersleeve

in Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780748694419
eISBN:
9781474422277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694419.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter examines the absent presence of Katherine Mansfield in Elizabeth Bowen’s personal and fictional writing to demonstrate how loss, desire and mourning might constitute a particularly ... More


Elizabeth Bowen’s Tenacious Cosmopolitanism

Nels Pearson

in Irish Cosmopolitanism: Location and Dislocation in James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, and Samuel Beckett

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813060521
eISBN:
9780813050690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060521.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Many English modernists—principally Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, and E. M. Forster—depict the disassociation from nation-state belonging as an encounter with an abstract, synchronic, or subjective ... More


Information Blacked Out

James Purdon

in Modernist Informatics: Literature, Information, and the State

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190211691
eISBN:
9780190211714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211691.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The final chapter turns to Elizabeth Bowen’s novel of the London Blitz, The Heat of the Day, and considers the suppression of information. The black-out, which began in 1939, came to mean not only ... More


Beginnings and blind alleys: O’Faoláin and his circle

Niall Carson

in Rebel by vocation: Seán O'Faoláin and the generation of The Bell

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780719099373
eISBN:
9781526109743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099373.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter discusses the early influences on Seán O’Faoláin as an author and some of the prominent writers who influenced him. It reviews O’Faoláin’s relationship to his publisher Jonathan Cape and ... More


Jazzing Britain: The Transatlantic Jazz Invasion and the Remaking of Englishness

Genevieve Abravanel

in Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199754458
eISBN:
9780199933143
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754458.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, World Literature

When jazz arrived in England, the nation was on an imaginative precipice: both grasping after history and attempting to bury it, haunted by terrible loss and eager to forget it in a frenzy of music ... More


Elizabeth Bowen’s Spectral Radio

Emily C. Bloom

in The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198749615
eISBN:
9780191813979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749615.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

During the Second World War, Elizabeth Bowen wrote three radio features that resurrect Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, and Fanny Burney on the air as ghostly voices. This chapter defines these ... More


Irish Cosmopolitanism: Location and Dislocation in James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, and Samuel Beckett

Nels Pearson

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813060521
eISBN:
9780813050690
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060521.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Irish Cosmopolitanism contributes to current reexaminations of modernism’s historical and geographic contexts. Distinct from other studies, it focuses exclusively on Irish expatriates in Europe and ... More


Sexual Cryptographies and War in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts and Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day

Barbara Lonnquist

in Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781942954088
eISBN:
9781786944122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954088.003.0029
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Elizabeth Bowen’s and Virginia Woolf ’s shared use of the cryptographic in their novels bracketing World War II: Woolf’s Between the Acts (1941) and Bowen’s The Heat of the Day ... More


Crossings Still: Irish Interludes in Bowen’s European Novels

Nels Pearson

in Irish Cosmopolitanism: Location and Dislocation in James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, and Samuel Beckett

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813060521
eISBN:
9780813050690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060521.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Two of Elizabeth Bowen’s most European and modernist novels, The Heat of the Day and The House in Paris, also involve interludes during which their protagonists return to Ireland. These interludes ... More


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