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The Last Snapshot of the British Intelligentsia: Documentary, Mass-Observation, and the Fate of the Liberal Avant-Garde

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/9780231169424.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that documentary aesthetics turn to everyday life in order to create works that promoted the norms and values of the British liberal state during its period of greatest distress.


Introduction

Keith Beattie

in Humphrey Jennings

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719078552
eISBN:
9781781701836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719078552.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter sheds light on the life and work of Humphrey Jennings, a filmmaker of extraordinary talent and one of the very few authentic exponents of cinematic language in the British cinema. ... More


Culture in the Blackout

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/9780199239887.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 3 explores how the World War Two home front was defined and haunted by its founding blackouts: censorship, lack of information, the trauma, sensory deprivation, and destruction of the Blitz. ... More


Humphrey Jennings

Keith Beattie

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719078552
eISBN:
9781781701836
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719078552.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Humphrey Jennings has been described as the only real poet of British cinema. His documentary films employ a range of representational approaches – including collagist narrative structures and ... 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


The Documentary Movement and Mass Leisure, 1930–1945

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/9780748639502.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter addresses the representation of mass, working-class leisure activities. Leisure plays an important role in Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera. The Way to the Sea, scripted by W. H. ... More


Framing History: Virginia Woolf and the Politicisation of Aesthetics

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/9780748639502.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter is about the way that Virginia Woolf used cinematic (or ultracinematographic) technique to politicise aesthetics. It concentrates on the framing of history in Woolf's final two novels, ... 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 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.


Running man 2: Carol Reed and his contemporaries

John Orr

in Romantics and Modernists in British Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748640140
eISBN:
9780748671090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640140.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Carol Reed is part of a wider movement in which fugitive film is just one dimension, the historic moment of romantic realism in British film, which is over, we could argue, almost as soon as it has ... More


“The Stuff Our Dreams Are Made Of”: Lincoln in The English Imagination

Adam I. P. Smith (ed.)

in The Global Lincoln

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195379112
eISBN:
9780190254643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195379112.003.0007
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter examines the perception of Abraham Lincoln in English political and cultural imagination. It explains that Lincoln had a varied career in the English imagination in the century or so ... More


Children of the Ruins

Beryl Pong

in British Literature and Culture in Second World Wartime: For the Duration

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198840923
eISBN:
9780191876530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840923.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter explores anxieties surrounding war-torn childhood, both in terms of juvenile delinquency and as a metaphor for uncertain post-war reconstruction. Films were especially evocative in this ... More


Introduction: The Imagined Garden

Tim Strangleman

in Voices of Guinness: An Oral History of the Park Royal Brewery

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190645090
eISBN:
9780190937294
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190645090.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter provides an overview of the book and the project on which it is based. It places the closure of the Guinness brewery within a wider context of the process of plant closure and ... More


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