Fascism And Anti-fascism In Twentieth-century British Fiction

Hardcover | May 15, 2009

byJudy Suh

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This book investigates the impact of fascism on twentieth-century British fiction. With a solid archival underpinning, Suh locates anti-fascist counter-strategies in middlebrow genres associated with women writers (domestic fiction, melodrama, country house novels, and family sagas) and makes the powerful argument that these rhetorical and narrative strategies emerge as the most durable. Presenting works by Phyllis Bottome, Nancy Mitford, Elizabeth Bowen, Virginia Woolf, and Muriel Spark, the book shifts the focus from high modernism and its heirs, widely considered the most important sites of literary conceptions of the political, to the under explored feminist anti-fascist strategies inherent to middlebrow fiction.

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This book investigates the impact of fascism on twentieth-century British fiction. With a solid archival underpinning, Suh locates anti-fascist counter-strategies in middlebrow genres associated with women writers (domestic fiction, melodrama, country house novels, and family sagas) and makes the powerful argument that these rhetorical...

Judy Suh is an Assistant Professor of English at Duquesne University. She has published essays on modernist literature and twentieth-century British politics in Journal of Modern Literature, Modern Language Studies, and Women’s Studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.76 × 0.64 inPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230613683

ISBN - 13:9780230613683

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“Suh's innovative study addresses compelling questions about the relationships between literature and politics, fascism and anti-fascism, gender and class. It gives much-needed attention to the stealthy political strategies of middlebrow novels, and their capacity to engage with fascist ideologies through representations of domesticity and consumerism. Canonical authors such as Virginia Woolf and Wyndham Lewis appear in a new light when read alongside Olive Hawks and Muriel Spark, Nancy Mitford and Elizabeth Bowen, and Suh's selection of middlebrow texts reveals an unexpectedly broad range of responses to fascist rhetoric. This book is always subtle and insightful, but it is also extremely lucid and highly readable.”--Faye Hammill, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Strathclyde“Suh's Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Twentieth-Century British Fiction contributes valuably to recent work on the middlebrow novel by illuminating the genre's under recognized political import. Exploring how such novels served as a site for both British fascism's attempts to naturalize itself as homegrown and parodic resistance to such efforts, Suh fascinatingly illuminates the syncretic, gendered nature of fascist appeals and the scope of anti-fascist women's narratives.”--Debra Rae Cohen, Department of English, University of South Carolina