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|Title: ||Prose fiction in the 1930's: a study of Elizabeth Bowen, Rex Warner and Patrick Hamilton|
|Authors: ||Cramp, Andrew|
|Issue Date: ||1984|
|Publisher: ||© Andrew Cramp|
|Abstract: ||The works of Elizabeth Bowen, Rex Warner and
Patrick Hamilton are studied separately, and therefore
this thesis is in three parts.
Each part has its own introduction which deals
with some general aspects. The studies themselves
concentrate on novels published immediately before,
during, or just after the thirties.
The work of Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) is
re-examined with emphasis upon its involvement with
the public crisis of the thirties. The study argues
that her novels are not indifferent to contemporary
circumstances, but in fact, perspicuous and often
satirical representations of stagnancy in the English
upper middle classes. This characteristic is frequently
accompanied by a sense of threat which increases
as the decade progresses, thus emphasising
Bowen's concern for events in the external world.
Rex Warner (1905- ) published two allegories
in the thirties: The Wild Goose Chase and The Professor.
Both are either ignored or misjudged as
plagiaristic responses to the first translations of
Kafka's novels. This study however, closely examines
the texts and argues that whether influenced by Kafka
or not, Warner's work is fundamentally, and most importantly,
an experimental attempt to write Marxist
Next to nothing has been written about the novels
of Patrick Hamilton (1904-1962), and therefore the
third part of this study looks at his early work for
its own sake, and because these early developments
of certain themes and ideas later help form one of the
most important novels of the thirties and forties:
Hangover Square (1941).
This thesis also contains interviews with Rex
Warner, Edward Upward and the documentary film
director, Basil Wright.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University. If you are the author of this thesis and would like to make it openly available in the Institutional Repository please contact: email@example.com|
|Appears in Collections:||Closed Access PhD Theses (English and Drama)|
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