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Art, History, and Postwar Fiction

Kevin Brazil


Art, History, and Postwar Fiction explores the ways in which novelists responded to the visual arts from the aftermath of the Second World War up to the present day. If art had long served as a foil to enable novelists to reflect on their craft, this book argues that in the postwar period, novelists turned to the visual arts to develop new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between literature and history. The sense that the novel was becalmed in the end of history was pervasive in the postwar decades. In seeming to bring modernism to a climax whilst repeating its foundational gestures, v ... More

Keywords: the novel, postwar fiction, modernism, visual art, formalism, historicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824459
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Brazil, author
Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, University of Southampton

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