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John Buchan’s amicable anti-modernism

Waddell, Nathan

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Nathan Waddell



Abstract

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
Print ISSN 0022-281X
Electronic ISSN 0022-281X
Publisher Indiana University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Waddell, N. (2012). John Buchan’s amicable anti-modernism. Journal of Modern Literature, 35(2), doi:10.2979/jmodelite.35.2.64
DOI https://doi.org/10.2979/jmodelite.35.2.64
Keywords John Buchan; modernism; middlebrow; inter-war; Huntingtower
Publisher URL http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2979/jmodelite.35.2.64?uid=31236&uid=3738032&uid=2132&uid=31234&uid=2&uid=70&uid=3&uid=5910784&uid=67&uid=62&sid=21106374010881
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.

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