Catastrophe and Imagination

Catastrophe and Imagination

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Catastrophe and Imagination explores fiction in America and England from 1870 to 1950, measuring the impact of the twentieth century's wars on the literary imagination. McCormick holds that the novel has a unique relationship to society, and defines this in relation to the many catastrophes of his era - wars, revolutions, and other outrages on the social order. After an initial survey of society in the novels of Jane Austen, Dickens, and Thackeray, to name only a few, he analyzes what the novel is not, with reference to the work of Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, and D. H. Lawrence.The peculiar turn of American romanticism and of the total American experience demanded a diction which no traditional ... His strictest discipline is itself a spiritual oddity, and gives birth to an oddity a€” as witness The Scarlet Letter, Emilyanbsp;...

Title:Catastrophe and Imagination
Author:John McCormick
Publisher:Transaction Publishers - 1954


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