By Anthea Trodd
A survey of the differences of Edwardian writing and the way they healthy into literary and cultural switch. This ebook covers writers corresponding to Conrad, Forster, Wells, Bennett, Shaw, Kipling, Tressell, Hardy, Yeats and Woolf. Modernists resembling Lawrence and Mansfield also are incorporated. the writer combines literary feedback of writing within the Edwardian interval with cultural checks (for instance, she examines imperialism and patriarchy), and units her paintings in an ancient context.
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In a late episode the story of the actual revolutionary coup is told as heroic romance by the only possible narrator, the old sea dog Captain Mitchell, whose perennial boyishness makes him capable of believing in the heroism of deeds of which the reader already has a far more sceptical understanding. He represents the general English reader, to whom such romance is the only acceptable form in which imperialist adventurism can be narrated. As in Heart of Darkness, the role of the female characters is to provide inspiration and justification for the imperialist adventurism from which they are excluded.
She was too preoccupied by moral questions to be a first-class creative artist. And she was a woman',22 he declared, and later, 'artistic ambition overweened in Page 9 the unhappy lady and she wrote Middlemarch'. . worse than George Eliot's. '24 The academic defenders of English literature, asserting the new prestige of a discipline once seen as a lower form of cultivation for female students, were equally urgent on the equation of literature with masculinity. 25 Clearly there was little place for female readers, let alone writers, in this patriarchal tradition.