Monday 21 July 2014

Radical turns: culture and politics in the 1930s (2014-15)

Radical turns: culture and politics in the 1930s (2014-15)


Primary Texts:

Katharine Burdekin, Swastika Night (1937; New York: Feminist Press, 1985)

Christopher Isherwood, Mr Norris Changes Trains (1935; London: Vintage, 2001)

Lewis Jones, Cwmardy and We Live (1937, 1939; Cardigan: Library of Wales, 2006)

Louis MacNeice, Autumn Journal (1939; London: Faber & Faber, 2013)

Mass Observation, Britain (1939; London: Faber & Faber, 2009)

Robin Skelton (ed), Thirties Poetry ( London: Penguin, 2000)

Sylvia Townsend Warner, Summer will Show (1936; New York: NYRB, 2009)

George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (1937; London: Penguin, 2001)

Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts (1941; London: Penguin, 1992)


Preliminary Secondary Reading:

Piers Brendon, Dark Valley: a Panorama of the 1930s (London: Pimlico, 2001)

Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (eds), The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Volume 1, Britain and Ireland, 1880-1955 (Oxford: OUP, 2009)

Valentine Cunningham, British Writers of the Thirties (Oxford: Blackwell, 1988)

James Hinton, The Mass Observers: a History 1937-49 (Oxford: OUP, 2013)

Chris Hopkins, English Fiction in the 1930s: Language, Genre, History (London: Continuum, 2006)

Richard Overy, The Morbid Age: Britain and the Crisis in Civilisation, 1919-1939 (London: Penguin, 2010)

James Smith, British Writers and MI5 Surveillance, 1930-60 (Cambridge: CUP, 2012)






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