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Tense future : modernism, total war, encyclopedic form

Author: Paul K Saint-Amour
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Tense Future' falls into two parts. The first develops a critical account of total war discourse and addresses the resistant potential of acts, including acts of writing, before a future that looks barred or pre-determined by war. Part two shifts the focus to long inter-war narratives that pit both their scale and their formal turbulence against total war's portrait of the social totality, producing both ripostes  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul K Saint-Amour
ISBN: 9780190200978 0190200979 9780190200954 0190200952 9780190200947 0190200944
OCLC Number: 926100695
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2015 Matei Calinescu Prize Winner of the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize Award.
Description: xiii, 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments ; Introduction: Traumatic Earliness ; I. Bukimi ; II. The Precincts of Time ; III. Collective Psychosis ; Facing Trauma ; Critical Futurities ; Three Interwars ; Weak Modernism ; Part One ; 1. On the Partiality of Total War ; The Case of L. E. O. Charlton ; Intimations of Totality ; Interwar Air Power Theory ; Rival Preemptions of Law and War ; National Totality and Colonial Air Control ; Bombing Display I ; Bombing Display II ; 2. Perpetual Suspense: Virginia Woolf's Wartime Gothic ; Morphologies of Suspense ; Mark Time ; Mrs. Dalloway and the Gaze of Total War ; The Years: Immunities Lost and Found ; <"Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid>" ; 3. Fantasias of the Archive: Hamilton's Savage and Jenkinson's Manual ; A Promise of Terror to Come ; Savage Foreclosures ; Declining Fertility ; Jenkinson's Manual ; War Archives: Theory and Performance ; Thoughts on Archives in an Air Raid ; The Death Drive of the Archive ; Part Two ; 4. Encyclopedic Modernism ; Against Epic ; Revisiting the Encyclopedie ; The Eleventh ; Encyclopedic Narrative ; Modern Epic ; Pace Bersani ; 5. The Shield of Ulysses ; Ulysses' Encyclopedism ; Encyclopedia Prophetica ; Urban Violence and Amity Lines ; Theater of Total War ; Scattering ; 6. War Shadowing: Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End ; Uncyclopedia Britannica ; Total Worry ; Futures in Furniture ; Conclusion: Perpetual Interwar ; Appendix: Chapter Abstracts ; Bibliography ; Index
Responsibility: Paul K. Saint-Amour.

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A work of literary history that redefines literary modernism's development in relation to the concurrent emergence of total war and the psychological effects it created between the two world wars.  Read more...

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Intricately crafted and thoroughly documented, Tense Future not only redefines the modern epic but also lays the groundwork for reconceptualizing the interwar period and perspectives on temporality. Read more...

 
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