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Critical Essays on T.H. White, English Writer, 1906-1964
Edited by Davies, Gill , Malcolm, David , & Simons, John

Description

This collection of essays is a timely reconsideration of the author of The Once and Future King, whose work has been relatively neglected or underrated, yet is deserving of serious critical attention. A range of theoretical and textual approaches are employed to highlight the literary and political context of White’s work and his experimentation with a number of genres.

Reviews

“[This work] should prove to be a stimulating and valuable addition to the critical understanding of this neglected writer.” - Prof. Debbie Sly, University of Worcester

“One of the strengths of this book . . . is that it addresses itself to a broader range of White’s writing, enabling an informed consideration of both the conservative and innovative aspects of his work.” – Prof. Sue Zlosnik, Manchester Metropolitan University

“This collection of essays is very timely. T.H. White is one of a number of authors, such as Wyndham Lewis and Richard Marsh, whose reputations seem to have suffered because they worked in more than one literary genre. This volume commendably sets out to champion rather than apologise for the fact that White’s oeuvre includes comic, serious literary, historical and thriller/detective writing as well as non-fiction.” - Prof. Linden Peach, Edge Hill University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword by Dr. Debbie Sly
Introduction: T. H. White: ‘a single talent inattentively employed’ – Gill Davies
1. Living Backwards: The “end implicit in the beginning” of The Once and Future King – Brian Donnelly
2. Englands Ancient and Modern: T.H. White’s The Once and Future King and Sylvia Townsend Warner’s The Corner That Held Them – Janet Montefiore
3. Beastly Anachronisms: Youth, Atrocity, Disorder and The Once and Future King – James Purdon
4. Chivalric Values as an Educative Force in The Once and Future King – Caroline Anne Womack
5. ‘We all kill our giants cubbin’: Cultural Diagnosis and Prognosis in T.H. White’s The Once and Future King – Sue Matheson
6. ‘(Re)constructing fiction(s): parody in T.H. White’s The Once and Future King – Paulina Kupisz
7. Evolution, the Child, and the Problem of Narrative in T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone and The Book of Merlyn – Hilary M. Fraser
8. Darkness at Pemberley: T.H. White and the Conventions of Detective Fiction – Kate Macdonald
9. England, Whose England? The Rhetoric of Englishness in T.H. White and George Orwell – Glyn Salton-Cox
10. “Nature Writing” and Eco Criticism – Reading T.H. White in the 21st Century – Gill Davies
Bibliography
Index

ISBN10:  0-7734-4978-7   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-4978-7    Pages:  216    Year:  2008   

Series: hors série Number: 0

Subject Area: British - Literature 

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

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