The Modernist Novel and the Decline of Empire by John MarxThe Modernist Novel and the Decline of Empire by John Marx

The Modernist Novel and the Decline of Empire

byJohn Marx

Paperback | October 1, 2009

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John Marx argues that the early twentieth century was a key moment in the emergence of modern globalization, rather than simply a period of British imperial decline. Modernist fiction was actively engaged in this transformation of society on an international scale. The very stylistic abstraction that seemed to remove modernism from social reality, in fact internationalized the English language. Rather than mapping the decline of Empire, modernists such as Conrad and Woolf celebrated the shared culture of the English language as more important than the waning imperial structures of Britain.
Title:The Modernist Novel and the Decline of EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521120810

ISBN - 13:9780521120814


Table of Contents

Introduction: the decline of Britain and the rise of English; 1. Conrad's gout; 2. Sentimental administration; 3. Gender, aesthetics, and colonial expertise; 4. The domestic life of primitivism; 5. Local authority after Empire; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

“Combining historical and intertextual analysis, Marx reframes the relationship of modernism, professionalism, and imperialism to emphasize the appearance of globalizing forces at the beginning of the twentieth century.” -- Choice