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The Intermodern Assumption of the Future: William Empson, Charles Madge and Mass-Observation

Nick Hubble

in Intermodernism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635092
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651924 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635092.003.0010
The Intermodern Assumption of the Future: William Empson, Charles Madge and Mass-Observation

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This chapter examines William Empson and the Mass-Observation movement, which it pinpoints as the most relevant expression of Empson's type of intermodernism. This is supported by Empson's correspondence with Charles Madge and his literary criticism. The chapter then analyses the huge shift in public notions regarding the possibility of a future mass society caused by the intermodern confrontation with pressures of war.

Keywords: Mass-Observation movement; William Empson; Charles Madge; correspondence; literary criticism; mass society; intermodern confrontation; pressures of war

Chapter.  8124 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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