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Masculine Identity in Modernist Literature

Castration, Narration, and a Sense of the Beginning, 1919-1945

Authors: Johnson, Allan

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  • Offers the first sustained account of how the literary uses of castration and impotence resituated modernist aesthetics
  • Explicates the history of how interwar writers reimagined material medical issues
  • Provides evidence of alternative views of male psychosexualities in the 1919-1945 period 
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This book is about the modernist narrative voice and its correlation to medical, mythological, and psychoanalytic images of emasculation between 1919 and 1945. It shows how special-effects of rhetoric and form inspired by outré modernist developments in psychoanalysis, occultism, and negative philosophy reshaped both narrative structure and the literary depiction of modern masculine identity. In acknowledging early twentieth-century Anglo-American literature’s self-conscious and self-reflexive understanding of the effect of textual production, this engaging new study depicts a history of writers and readers understanding the role of textual absence in the development and chronicling of masculine anxiety and optimism.

About the authors

Allan Johnson is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey, UK.  He is the author of Alan Hollinghurst and the Vitality of Influence (Palgrave, 2014) and numerous articles on modernism, esotericism, gender studies, and narrative theory. He has previously taught at the University of Leeds, Birkbeck University of London, and City University of Hong Kong.

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eBook £63.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65509-3
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Hardcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65508-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Masculine Identity in Modernist Literature
Book Subtitle
Castration, Narration, and a Sense of the Beginning, 1919-1945
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65509-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65509-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65508-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 173
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