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Making History New: Modernism and Historical Narrative

Seamus O'Malley


This book explores how several British modernists applied the experimental methods of literary modernism to the writing of narrative history and historical novels. The historical novel is usually assumed to be only a concern of either nineteenth-century realism or postmodernism, but the historical texts of Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, and Rebecca West evidence a modernist obsession with historical narrative. Works like Nostromo, Parade’s End, and Black Lamb and Grey Falcon utilized literary techniques we have come to associate with modernism—fragmentation, subjectivity, nonlinearity—in thei ... More

Keywords: modernism, history narrative, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Rebecca West, poststructuralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199364237
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seamus O'Malley, author
Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University