John Buchan’s amicable anti-modernism
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.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Jan 1, 2012|
|Journal||Journal of Modern Literature|
|Publisher||Indiana University Press|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Waddell, N. (2012). John Buchan’s amicable anti-modernism. Journal of Modern Literature, 35(2), doi:10.2979/jmodelite.35.2.64|
|Keywords||John Buchan; modernism; middlebrow; inter-war; Huntingtower|
|Copyright Statement||Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf|
|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.|
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
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