By Anthea Trodd
A survey of the variations of Edwardian writing and the way they healthy into literary and cultural swap. This publication covers writers resembling Conrad, Forster, Wells, Bennett, Shaw, Kipling, Tressell, Hardy, Yeats and Woolf. Modernists akin to 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 old context.
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I could not tell her. It would have been too darktoo dark altogether' (Ch. 3). Marlow's failure affirms the gender polarity round which imperialism is formed. The significantly titled Intended was the major motive for Kurtz's journey, and represented to him the civilising ideals he wished to fulfil in his conquest of Africa. She is the major topic of his conversation, 'my Intended, my ivory, my station, my river', and therefore, when Marlow tells her that Kurtz's last words were her name, he is perhaps offering a reasonable paraphrase of 'The horror!
Henry James, in an essay of 1902, urged the value of Flaubert to English novelists as lying in his mastery of form and composition. ' 20 The alleged dominance of the woman writer had held the English novel back from realising the formal perfections of the great European works. The literary equivalent of Victoria was George Eliot, whose reputation at this point was at its lowest ebb, even allowing for the general slump in Victorian reputations. In the new Cambridge History of English Literature, her novels were discussed alongside the documentary fictions of Kingsley and Disraeli.
10 The frontier between Victorianism and the twentieth century was variously defined. 11 There were two major new journals committed to the publication Page 5 of modern writing. The Fabian-backed New Age, relaunched in 1907, in which Bennett wrote a regular literary column under the name 'Jacob Tonson', was, despite its socialist mandate and commitment to modern writing, eclectic in its selection of contributors and material. Its more glittering rival, The English Review, founded in 1908, was equally eclectic, including among its contributions the first published work of D.