The Masculine Middlebrow, 1880-1950: What Mr. Miniver Read by K. MacdonaldThe Masculine Middlebrow, 1880-1950: What Mr. Miniver Read by K. Macdonald

The Masculine Middlebrow, 1880-1950: What Mr. Miniver Read

byK. Macdonald

Hardcover | October 4, 2011

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Who was the early twentieth-century masculine middlebrow reader? How did his reading choices respond to his environment? This book looks at British middlebrow writing and reading from the late Victorian period to the 1950s and examines the masculine reader and author, and how they challenged feminine middlebrow and literary modernism.
DAVID CARTER Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia CLARE CLARKE Doctoral Researcher, School of English, Queen's University Belfast, UK CLIVE E HILL University of London International Programme, UK CHRISTOPHER HILLIARD Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow, University o...
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Title:The Masculine Middlebrow, 1880-1950: What Mr. Miniver ReadFormat:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.93 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230290795

ISBN - 13:9780230290792

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors Introduction: Identifying the Middlebrow, the Masculine and Mr Miniver; K.Macdonald Reading Class, Examining Men: Anthologies, Education, and Literary Cultures; S.McPherson The Evolution of the Masculine Middlebrow: Gissing, Bennett, Priestley; C.E.Hill 'Watching the Papers daily in Fear and Trembling': the Boer War and the Invention of Masculine Middlebrow Literary Culture; J.Wild Professionalism and the Cultural Politics of Work in the Sherlock Holmes stories; C.Clarke From Holmes to the Drones: Fantasies of Men without Women in the Masculine Middlebrow; N.Humble Healing Landscapes and evolving Nationalism in interwar Canadian Middlebrow Fiction of the First World War; A.Tector 'Everybody's Essayist': on Middles and Middlebrows; C.Pollentier Modernity and the Gendering of Middlebrow Book Culture in Australia; D.Carter 'Mind's Middle Distances': Men of Letters in interwar New Zealand; C.Hilliard The Political Middlebrow from Chesterton to Orwell; A.Vaninskaya 'The Collaborator, the Tyrant, and the Resistance': The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and Masculine Middlebrow England in the Second World War; A.Rea Bibliography Index

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"Both forceful and elegant, the essays in this collection evince the myriad ways in which middlebrow readers found radical, challenging ideas at every turn. And, perhaps more importantly, they sketch out how popular reading tastes played a central role in establishing new male identities for an expanding middle class in a world reshaped by industrialization, world wars, universal education and female suffrage. In allowing us a glimpse of this process, The Masculine Middlebrow encourages a reappraisal of some fundamental assumptions about the past hundred years of British literature." - Edward White, TLS "This is a superb and much-needed collection of essays, which proves that 'middlebrow' is not necessarily 'feminine'. It greatly enriches our understanding of middlebrow cultural production by its attention to journalism and periodical culture, anthologies and education, politics and colonial contexts. The line-up of contributors is remarkably fine, and their work demonstrates a wide range of possible approaches to the study of the middlebrow." - Faye Hammill, University of Strathclyde, AHRC Middlebrow Network leader