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Late Modernism and Expatriation

Edited by Lauren Arrington

How did living abroad inflect writers’ perspectives on social change in the countries of their birth and in their adopted homelands? How did writers reformulate ideas of social class, race, and gender in these new contexts? How did they develop innovations in form and technique to achieve a style that reflected their social and political commitments? The essays in this book show how the “outward turn” that typifies late modernist writing was precipitated, in part, by writers’ experience of expatriation.

Late Modernism and Expatriation encompasses writing from the 1930s to the present day and considers expatriation in both its voluntary and coerced manifestations. Together, the essays in this book shape our understanding of how migration (especially in its late twentieth- and twenty-first century complexities) affects late modernism’s temporalities. The book attends to major theoretical questions about mapping late modernist networks and it foregrounds neglected aspects of writers’ work while placing other writers in a new frame.

Introduction: Expatriate Frames and Late Modernist Forms – Lauren Arrington
1. Late Modernism and the Black Atlantic: Provincializing Literary History – J. Dillon Brown
2. The City as Collage in Herta Müller’s Reisende auf einem Bein – Michel Mallet
3. Houses in Paris, Houses in Cork: Elizabeth Bowen and the Modernist Inheritance – Lauren Elkin
4. Zadie Smith Archiving New York in Grand Union – Amanda Golden
5. Black Afterlives: Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River and Modernist Legacies – Lucienne Loh
6. Late Modernist Obsolescence: Isherwood and Adorno in Mid-Twentieth-Century Los Angeles – Will Norman
7. Graham Greene: Africa and Latin America – Maurice Walsh
8. Basil Bunting’s Vagabond Poetics – Neal Alexander
9. Vorticism Reinitiated in Brunnenburg: Pound’s Naxi Cantos of the 1960s – Zhaoming Qian
10. The Third Space in Recent Irish Expatriate Poems – Lucy McDiarmid
11. Refugees and Wanderers: Auden in America – Bonnie Costello

About the Editor

Lauren Arrington is Professor of English at Maynooth University, having previously served as Professor of Modern Literature and Head of Department at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. Her research projects in the field of modern British and Irish literature include monographs with Oxford University Press and Princeton University Press; she is editor (with Matthew Campbell) of the Oxford Handbook of W.B. Yeats, and is co-Director of the W.B. Yeats International Summer School.

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Pages: 240 pages

Published: February 2022


ISBN: 978-1-942954-75-0

ISBN: 978-1-942954-76-7




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