By Anthea Trodd
A survey of the differences of Edwardian writing and the way they healthy into literary and cultural switch. This e-book covers writers corresponding to Conrad, Forster, Wells, Bennett, Shaw, Kipling, Tressell, Hardy, Yeats and Woolf. Modernists reminiscent of Lawrence and Mansfield also are incorporated. the writer combines literary feedback of writing within the Edwardian interval with cultural exams (for instance, she examines imperialism and patriarchy), and units her paintings in an ancient context.
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8 Lang offered a gendered interpretation of genres in which the new masculine romance superseded feminine realism. His frequent references to Huckleberry Finn evoked an impression of male readers of the period as so many Huck Finns, longing to light out for new territories and escape Aunt Sally. 10 The Whirlpool portrayed an England dangerously feminised and decadent, and imagined a possible revolt towards manliness in a literature addressed specifically to male readers. Around the turn of the century the ceremonials of empire accumulated, inviting mass participation in the idea of empire.
In imperialist fictions the reverse of the invulnerable self-contained imperialist hero is the European who goes native. Conrad's Mr Kurtz and Kipling's Kim are variations on this theme. Both heroes also work for front organisations which assert a civilising scientific influence on colonised countries, Kurtz for the Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs, which is a looters' charter, and Kim for the Ethnographical Survey, which is an arm of the British secret service. Both discover an ability to empathise with, and impersonate, the behaviour of subject races.
N. 15 In 1911 the Academic Committee confirmed this identification of the professional and the masculine by its exclusion policies, described by Samuel Hynes in Edwardian Occasions. The first two proposed members to be blackballed were the novelist May Sinclair and the male, but Indian, Rabindranath Tagore (proposed by Yeats). 16 Evidence that members of the Committee regarded their exclusive group as 'literature' was provided by Henry James's reaction to H. G. Wells's refusal to join. 17 Literature thus was defined as a particular and exclusive group.