Download e-book for kindle: Abroad: British Literary Traveling between the Wars by Paul Fussell

By Paul Fussell

ISBN-10: 0195030680

ISBN-13: 9780195030686

ISBN-10: 1423738225

ISBN-13: 9781423738220

A e-book concerning the which means of go back and forth, approximately how very important the subject has been for writers for 2 and a part centuries, and approximately how very good the literature of commute occurred to be in England and the USA within the Nineteen Twenties and 30s.

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An additional provision in Regulation iqc established for all time, as it proved, a further cause of comedy and embarrassment. "To every such passport . . " This was something new. Literary theorists searching for the springs of "modernism" are likely to look too high, to inquire into subtle movements of the intellect or to go haring after Hegel and Nietzsche and Freud and Heidegger and Wittgenstein. There's another way of going about it, and that is to pay less attention to the presumed intellectual causes of unprecedented events than to the fact that they occur.

The British are singularly sensitive to land frontiers because (with 34 ABROAD the exception of the one embarrassing line separating Ulster from Ireland) they have none. This fact alone makes them special among Europeans. For the British, national boundaries which are not a matter of immemorial sea and shore but drawn by the hand of man are at best ridiculous and at worst monstrous. As Hector Bolitho says, "It is not easy for us to comprehend the warping influence of everchanging frontiers upon European peoples.

The historian A. J. P. Taylor is puzzled over the reason so many postwar writers left England, both physically and in other ways. "To judge from all leading writers," he says, "the barbarians were breaking in. Civilized men could only lament and withdraw, as the writers did to their considerable profit. The writers are almost alone in feeling like this, and it is not easy to understand why they thus cut themselves off. . " Taylor's wet comment (dim-witted, Orwell would say) provides its own explanation of the phenomenon he cannot understand.

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