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Modernity and the English Rural Novel

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  • Date Published: March 2017
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  • isbn: 9781108158800

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  • This book examines the persistence of the rural tradition in the English novel into the twentieth century. In the shadow of metropolitan literary culture, rural writing can seem to strive for a fantasy version of England with no compelling social or historical relevance. Dominic Head argues that the apparent disconnection is, in itself, a response to modernity rather than a refusal to engage with it, and that the important writers in this tradition have had a significant bearing on the trajectory of English cultural life through the twentieth century. At the heart of the discussion is the English rural regional novel of the 1920s and 1930s, which reveals significant points of overlap with mainstream literary culture and the legacies of modernism. Rural writers refashioned the conventions of the tradition and the effects of literary nostalgia, to produce the swansong of a fading genre with resonances that are still relevant today.

    • Re-evaluates the twentieth-century rural tradition in the English novel
    • Offers another way of configuring twentieth-century literature
    • Includes close readings of the notable novels in this tradition
    • The comparative element of the book offers a fresh perspective on modernist literature
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    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108158800
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The rural regional novel: the interwar vogue
    2. 'The everlasting land': farming and the novel
    3. Rural primitivism: 'splendour in writing'
    4. 'The vanished world': the appeal of rural nostalgia
    5. 'A tugging at the heart': legacies of the rural tradition
    Afterword.

  • Author

    Dominic Head, University of Nottingham
    Dominic Head is Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Nottingham, where he served as Head of School from 2007–10. He has written extensively on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and is the author of eight monographs, including The Modernist Short Story (Cambridge, 1992), Ian McEwan (2007) and The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction, 1950-2000 (Cambridge, 2002). He is editor of The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, 3rd edition (Cambridge, 2006).

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