The Criterion: Cultural Politics and Periodical Networks in Inter-War Britain

Hardcover | June 6, 2003

byJason Harding

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In this detailed study of literary culture in the inter-war period, Jason Harding examines the standing of T. S. Eliot's journal the Criterion in relation to other literary periodicals and, beyond that, to the larger cultural networks of the time. The Criterion may at first sight seem awell-studied publication, often dismissed as predictably conservative, even proto-Fascist. However, through his examination of insufficiently known archive material and interviews with living witnesses to the period, Harding significantly alters our understanding of the journal and of Eliot's roleas editor. More than that, by carefully resituating the journal in its relations - of both competition and co-operation - with a range of other literary periodicals (for the most part little-studied themselves), he shows himself an authoritative and discriminating guide to the often complex networkswithin which Eliot worked. The Criterion: Cultural Politics and Periodical Networks in Inter-War Britain defends the journal against charges of Fascism and anti-Semitism: it is an invaluable book for scholars of Eliot and an original and incisive exploration of difficult areas of literary-culturalexchange.

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In this detailed study of literary culture in the inter-war period, Jason Harding examines the standing of T. S. Eliot's journal the Criterion in relation to other literary periodicals and, beyond that, to the larger cultural networks of the time. The Criterion may at first sight seem awell-studied publication, often dismissed as predi...

Jason Harding is Assistant Director, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Feng Chia University, Taiwan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.74 inPublished:June 6, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsIntroductionI: Periodical Networks1. The Adelphi: The Reaction against Romanticism2. The Calendar: Standards of Criticism3. Scrutiny: Critics from Cambridge4. New Verse: An Oxford CliqueII: The Politics of Book Reviewing5. Herbert Read: Anarchist Aide-de-Camp6. Bonamy Dobree: Agreeable Sceptic7. Montgomery Belgion: A Useful Irritant8. Michael Roberts and Janet Adam Smith: New SignaturesIII: Cultural Politics9. A Religio-Political Organ10. Defence of the WestAfterwordSelect BibliographyIndex

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`Harding has scoured the sources and offers a rich picture of the era's literary history. . . . a masterful work of scholarship on Eliot and modernism'Virginia Quarterly Review