1941, London under the Blitz: Culture as Counter-History

Tyrus Mille

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI:
1941, London under the Blitz: Culture as Counter-History

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This chapter studies how British culture served as a form of counter-history, revealing that George Orwell and Herbert Read visualised a naturalised cultural habitus as a safeguard against a threatening history. On the other hand, H.G. Wells envisioned a post-historical and rationally administered culture as a cure to the violent crisis of the historical present. The discussion then examines the works of Orwell, Read, Wells, Robert Graves and Ezra Pound in 1941. This is followed by a study of Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts, her posthumously published novel.

Keywords: British culture; counter-history; cultural habitus; threatening history; George Orwell; Herbert Read; H.G. Wells; Virginia Woolf

Chapter.  7072 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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