The Counter-Memorial Impulse in Twentieth-Century English Fiction

Hardcover | December 15, 2009

bySarah Henstra

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A wide-ranging study that examines the tendency in 20th-century English fiction to treat grief as an occasion for social critique, unconventional readings of works by Ford, Lessing, and Winterson demonstrate how narrative experimentation in this period responds to socio-historic conditions like post-imperial melancholy, nuclear fear and homophobia.

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A wide-ranging study that examines the tendency in 20th-century English fiction to treat grief as an occasion for social critique, unconventional readings of works by Ford, Lessing, and Winterson demonstrate how narrative experimentation in this period responds to socio-historic conditions like post-imperial melancholy, nuclear fear an...

SARAH HENSTRA is Assistant Professor of English at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. She has previously published in such journals as Papers in Language and Literature, Studies in the Novel, Textual Practice, and Twentieth Century Literature.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.89 × 5.59 × 0.69 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230577148

ISBN - 13:9780230577145

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Literature Beyond Consolation 
Melancholia, Group Psychology, Irony: Psychoanalytic Foundations
The End of Empire: Grieving, Englishness, and Ford Madox Fords The Good Soldier
Mourning the Future: The Nuclear Threat, Prophecy, and Doris Lessings The Golden Notebook
Embodied Grief: Jeanette Wintersons Written on the Body and the Elegiac Tradition
Conclusion: A Literature of Hope: Ethics and Mourning
Notes
Bibliography
Index