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The Modernist Party
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The Modernist Party

Kate McLoughlin

Abstract

Modernist literature likes a good party. Mrs. Ramsay drowns in anguish at the dinner-party she gives in Woolf’s To The Lighthouse. Death visits Mrs. Dalloway’s evening-party and Katherine Mansfield’s ‘The Garden Party’. For Eliot’s Prufrock, preparing to go to a tea-party induces intense performance anxiety. Politics and old memories sour the dinner-dance in Joyce’s ‘The Dead’. Cruelties and embarrassments are served up at Madame Verdurin’s soirées in Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu. Extraordinary qualities are required to manage the deteriorating situation at the breakfast-party in For ... More

Keywords: Modernism, Parties, Networks, The everyday, Space and place, Intellectual culture, Materiality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748647316
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647316.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate McLoughlin, editor
Birkbeck College, University of London

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