A Handful of Dust: Realism: Modernism/Irony: Sympathy

Richard Jacobs

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This chapter argues that Waugh's most distnguished and powerful novel draws from and engages with not only its earlier modernist precursors such as Eliot's Waste Land and Conrad's Heart of Darkness but also, in ways that haven't hitherto been sufficiently acknowledged, 19th century realist masterpieces such as Flaubert's Madame Bovary. By close analysis of the novel, the chapter demonstraes this double heritage and explores the tensions between sympahy in the realist tradition and irony in the modernist tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReassessing the Twentieth-Century Canon: From Joseph Conrad to Zadie Smith
EditorsN. Allen, D. Simmons
Place of PublicationBasingstoke, UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781137366009
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014

Bibliographical note

Richard Jacobs, A Handful of Dust: Realism: Modernism/Irony: Sympathy, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/reassessing-the-twentiethcentury-canon-nicola-allen/?K=9781137366009.


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