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Author Spiro, Mia.
Title Anti-Nazi modernism : the challenges of resistance in 1930s fiction / Mia Spiro.
Published Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2013.
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 Floor4  PR888.M63 S65 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description xi, 308 p. ; 23 cm.
Series Cultural expressions of World War II : interwar preludes, responses, memory
Cultural expressions of World War II.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-296) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Spectacular Nazism and subversive performances -- Vamps, tramps, and Nazis: representations of spectacular female characters -- Seeing Jewish or seeing "the Jew"? the spectral Jewish other -- Eventually we're all queer: fascism, Nazism, and homosexuality -- Conclusion: can fiction make a difference? writing and reading resistance.
Summary "Mia Spiro's Anti-Nazi Modernism marks a major step forward in the critical debates over the relationship between modernist art and politics. Spiro analyzes the antifascist, and particularly anti-Nazi, narrative methods used by key British and American fiction writers in the 1930s. Focusing on works by Djuna Barnes, Christopher Isherwood, and Virginia Woolf, Spiro illustrates how these writers use an "anti-Nazi aesthetic" to target and expose Nazism's murderous discourse of exclusion. The three writers challenge the illusion of harmony and unity promoted by the Nazi spectacle in parades, film, rallies, and propaganda. Spiro illustrates how their writings, seldom read in this way, resonate with the psychological and social theories of the period and warn against Nazism's suppression of individuality. Her approach also demonstrates how historical and cultural contexts complicate the works, often reinforcing the oppressive discourses they aim to attack. This book explores the textual ambivalences toward the "Others" in society--most prominently the Modern Woman, the homosexual, and the Jew. By doing so, Spiro uncovers important clues to the sexual and racial politics that were widespread in Europe and the United States in the years leading up to World War II."--Publisher's website.
Subject Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Barnes, Djuna -- Criticism and interpretation.
Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986 -- Criticism and interpretation.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Modernism (Literature) -- History and criticism.
Anti-Nazi movement in literature.
ISBN 9780810128637 paperback alkaline paper
0810128632 paperback alkaline paper
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OCLC number 781680909