Modernism, Male Friendship, And The First World War by Sarah ColeModernism, Male Friendship, And The First World War by Sarah Cole

Modernism, Male Friendship, And The First World War

bySarah Cole

Paperback | April 23, 2007

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The terrain of masculine fellowship provides an important context for understanding key literary features of the modernist period. Sarah Cole's examination of the literary and cultural history of twentieth century masculine intimacy considers such crucial themes as the broken friendships that permeate Forster's fictions, Lawrence's desperate urge to make culture out of blood brotherhood and the intense bereavement of the war poet. Cole argues that these dramas of compelling and often tortured male friendship have helped to define a particular voice within the literary canon.
Sarah Cole is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the Columbia University. Her articles have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and ELH.
Title:Modernism, Male Friendship, And The First World WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:April 23, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521036143

ISBN - 13:9780521036146


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: 1. Argument: the organization of intimacy; 2. Definitions and choices: modernism, modernity, literary authority; 3. Structure: four sites of masculine bonding; Part I. Victorian Dreams, Modern Realities: Forster's Classical Imagination: 4. Hellenism and the beautiful body: Carpenter, Pater, Symonds; 5. The fall of Hellenism: Forster's modern disaffection; 6. A Passage to India and the failure of institutions; Part II. Conradian Alienation and Imperial Intimacy: 7. Friendship's dramatic demise: Heart of Darkness and Under Western Eyes; 8. From system to solipsism: Lord Jim; 9. Homoerotic heroics, domestic discipline: Conrad and Ford's Romance; Part III. 'My Killed Friends are with me where I go': Friendship and Comradeship at War: 10. War discourse: friendship and comradeship; 11. The major war poets: intimacy, authority, alienation; 12. Post-war articulations: lost friends and the lost generation; Part IV. 'The Violence of the Nightmare': D. H. Lawrence and the Aftermath of War: 13. Bodies of men: the landscape of post-war England, 14. Desire and devastation: male bonds in D. H. Lawrence; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...Cole is to be strongly commended for producing a study that pushes the agenda of First World War scholarship forward...and presents theoretically sophisticated literary criticism in a highly accessible and wholly engaging manner." Albion, Paul R. Deslandes