A reader's guide to Edwardian literature by Anthea Trodd

By Anthea Trodd

A survey of the differences of Edwardian writing and the way they healthy into literary and cultural switch. This booklet covers writers equivalent to Conrad, Forster, Wells, Bennett, Shaw, Kipling, Tressell, Hardy, Yeats and Woolf. Modernists reminiscent of Lawrence and Mansfield also are incorporated. the writer combines literary feedback of writing within the Edwardian interval with cultural tests (for instance, she examines imperialism and patriarchy), and units her paintings in an historic context.

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Marlow's audience is made up of male professionals, like the audiences within many of Kipling's stories, or that in Wells's The Time Machine, 1895, to which Heart of Darkness bears a strong structural similarity. The shared references between Marlow and his audience are English. Marlow's tale is a narrative of imperial adventurism told to a male professional audience within the tale by a sea dog who invokes the names of Drake and Franklin. This audience duplicates Blackwood's Magazine's male professional readership as Marlow duplicates ex-master mariner Conrad.

While the principal living exponent of this cleverness seemed to be Henry James, realism was seen as primarily associated with the late George Eliot and with 'the microscopic examination of the hearts of young girls'. 8 Lang offered a gendered interpretation of genres in which the new masculine romance superseded feminine realism. His frequent references to Huckleberry Finn evoked an impression of male readers of the period as so many Huck Finns, longing to light out for new territories and escape Aunt Sally.

The World's Classics series, founded in 1901 and taken over by Oxford University Press in 1905, and the Everyman's Library, launched by Dent in 1906, defined the works they published as classics to the new reading generation. The Times Literary Supplement first appeared in 1902, providing a journal in which the claims of particular works to status within the tradition could be assessed. In 1907 the English Association was established to explain and promote the essential role played by the study of English in the national culture.

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