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Mellor, Leo, 1977-
Reading the ruins : modernism, bombsites and British culture / Leo Mellor
Alternate Title Modernism, bombsites and British culture
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
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 4th Floor  PR888.W66 M45 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain -- Literature and the war
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Great Britain
Subject Great Britain -- Civilization -- 20th century
Physical Description ix, 245 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 230-241) and index
Contents Introduction -- 1. Imagining destruction -- 2. A metropolis aflame -- 3. Surrealism and the bombsites -- 4. The haunted city -- 5. The new London jungle -- Coda
Summary "From fires to ghosts, and from flowers to surrealist apparitions, the bombsites of London were both unsettling and inspiring terrains. Yet throughout the years prior to the Second World War, British culture was already filled with ruins and fragments. They appeared as content, with visions of tottering towers and scraps of paper; and also as form, in the shapes of broken poetics. But from the outbreak of the Second World War what had been an aesthetic mode began to resemble a proleptic template. During that conflict many modernist writers - such as Graham Greene, Louis MacNeice, David Jones, J. F. Hendry, Elizabeth Bowen, T. S. Eliot and Rose Macaulay - engaged with devastated cityscapes and the altered lives of a nation at war. To understand the potency of the bombsites, both in the Second World War and after, Reading the Ruins brings together poetry, novels and short stories, as well as film and visual art"-- Provided by publisher

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