By Dr Rau Petra
This is the 1st systematic examine to track the best way representations of 'Germanness' in modernist British literature from 1890 to 1950 contributed to the advance of English identification. Petra Rau examines the shift in attitudes in the direction of Germany and Germans, from suspicious competitiveness within the past due Victorian interval to the competitive hostility of the 1st global warfare and the curious inconsistencies of the Thirties and Forties. those shifts have been no basic reaction to political switch however the results of an nervous negotiation of modernity within which particular features of Englishness have been projected onto representations of Germans and Germany in English literature and tradition. whereas this incisive argument clarifies and deepens our figuring out of cultural and nationwide politics within the first 1/2 the 20 th century, it additionally complicates present debates surrounding race and 'otherness' in cultural stories. Authors mentioned comprise significant figures reminiscent of Conrad, Woolf, Lawrence, Ford, Forster and Bowen, in addition to renowned or much less favourite writers reminiscent of Saki, Graham Greene, and Stevie Smith. Accessibly written and convincingly argued, Rau's examine won't basically be an incredible booklet for students yet will function a worthwhile consultant to undergraduates operating in modernism, literary background, and ecu cultural relations.
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English Modernism, National Identity and the Germans, 1890–1950 by Dr Rau Petra