John Buchan’s amicable anti-modernism

Waddell, Nathan (2012) John Buchan’s amicable anti-modernism. Journal of Modern Literature, 35 (2). pp. 64-82. ISSN 0022-281X

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This article considers the novelist John Buchan’s changing responses to literary modernism in the inter-war period. It argues that although Buchan has generally been taken as a straightforward opponent of modernist writing, careful study of his oeuvre discloses a more complex scenario in which an antagonism to certain modernist 'excesses' is mixed with a qualified attraction to particular modernist innovations. The article’s central assumption is that a key part of Buchan’s worth to the New Modernist Studies lies in his querying — in novelistic as well as in essayistic forms — of the vocabularies now used to elaborate such literary-historical oppositions as high vs. low, for instance, or old vs. new. The article breaks new ground by moving beyond familiar Buchan texts — e.g. 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' (1915) — into the less appreciated territory of his novel 'Huntingtower' (1922), his literary criticism and his cultural commentaries.

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Additional Information: This article was published as Waddell, Nathan. John Buchan’s amicable anti-modernism. Journal of Modern Literature, v. 35, no. 2 (pp. 64-82) 2012.
Keywords: John Buchan; modernism; middlebrow; inter-war; Huntingtower
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
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Depositing User: Waddell, Dr Nathan
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 08:50
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:22

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