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Committed Styles: Modernism, Politics, and Left-Wing Literature in the 1930s

Benjamin Kohlmann


This book offers a new understanding of the politicized literature of the 1930s and its relationship to modernism. It reclaims a central body of literary and critical works for modernist studies, offering in-depth readings of texts by T.S. Eliot and I.A. Richards as well as by key left-wing authors including William Empson, David Gascoyne, Charles Madge, Humphrey Jennings, and Edward Upward. Building on substantial new archival research, the study explores the deep tensions between modernist experimentation and political vision that lie at the heart of these works. Taking as its focus the work ... More

Keywords: modernism, politics, politics of writing, 1930s, left-wing literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198715467
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Kohlmann, author
Assistant Professor, University of Freiburg