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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English$
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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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Introduction: On or about December 1910, London

Introduction: On or about December 1910, London

(p.1) Introduction: On or about December 1910, London
The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Brian McHale

Randall Stevenson

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the concept of the sinister street, which was part of the literary imagination of the twentieth century, and provoked reflections on the writing of literary history. The discussion examines the modernists's visions of the street, which were developed fully in the works of the postmodernists. The next section studies the reflection on the space of literary history caused by these visions. Finally, the chapter identifies the different companions to literature.

Keywords:   sinister street, literary imagination, literary history, visions of street, literature companions

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