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Revolutionizing a mode of life: leftist middlebrow fiction by women in the 1930s
Örebro University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3065-1341
2015 (English)In: English Literary History - ELH, ISSN 0013-8304, E-ISSN 1080-6547, Vol. 82, no 1, p. 251-279Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Revisionist accounts of 1930s literature have questioned conventional critical divisions between politicized and modernist writing of the decade. Similar attempts have been made to reassess the distinctions between middlebrow and highbrow literature, but these have tended to accept middlebrow art as an unproblematic vehicle for middle-class values. Little attention has been paid to the popularity of middlebrow modes of representation among interwar writers on the left. Reading Winifred Holtby and Storm Jameson in relation to Virginia Woolf, this essay explores how politically committed novelists incorporated socialist ideas into their fiction to influence middle-class readers. 

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Johns Hopkins University Press , 2015. Vol. 82, no 1, p. 251-279
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politics and literature; middlebrow; 1930s
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General Literature Studies
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English; Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-29474DOI: 10.1353/elh.2015.0003ISI: 000350924100009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-29474DiVA, id: diva2:627772
Available from: 2013-06-12 Created: 2013-06-12 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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