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Title:Subject Matters: The Discourses and Aesthetics of the British Novel, 1900-1939
Author(s):Wipf-Miller, Carol Annette
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):James Hurt
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, English
Abstract:This thesis examines a number of discourses which attempted to address the issues and conditions of modernity, and how select British modernists take up such discourses in their novels. I argue that the subject matter of their work projects distinct paradigms of human consciousness which become the property of modernist aesthetics. Consequently, this thesis links the discourse of sexuality with literary impressionism, suffragism and the Great War with Imagism and Vorticism, Marxist tropes of the 'thirties with the New Realism, and the rise of nationalism with the aesthetics of the Scottish Literary Renaissance. My work examines not only the extent to which content imposes formal features but also how certain novelists employ formal innovation to interrogate the discourses which are their subject matter. Through readings of novels by Ford Madox Ford, May Sinclair, Henry Green, and Lewis Grassic Gibbon, my work recovers modernism's plurality as well as its engagement with issues of the subject and power.
Issue Date:1997
Description:320 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9737291
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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