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Finding a Way Back Home from War: English Literature after 1918 Event

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26 April 2018
Avenue Campus, SO17 1BF

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Part of the Great War: Unknown War Lecture Series

World War I was seen by many writers working from 1914 to 1930 as a cultural as well as a political crisis -- as the culmination and damnation of traditional Western culture. This disillusionment led to the experimental art practices that, borrowing a term from military strategy, became known collectively as the avant-garde. This talk looks at the role that literature played in supporting World War I, and focuses upon the radical critiques of European culture it provoked, in high modernist works by such writers as Ezra Pound, Mina Loy, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.


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Speaker information

Professor Dan Brown,Professor of English at the University of Southampton. I came to the University of Southampton in 2013, having taught in the Department of English at the University of Western Australia from 1993 to 2012. Most of my teaching has been in literary studies from the early eighteenth- to the early twenty-first centuries, as well as film studies. I have been a guest lecturer in film studies at the University of Hong Kong and Australian studies at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

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