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Waugh, Evelyn (1903–1966)


Milthorpe, N, Waugh, Evelyn (1903-1966), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, S Ross (ed), Abingdon (2019) [Entry]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM2094-1


Evelyn Waugh (1903–66) is not usually regarded as a modernist writer, but his works reveal a productive ambivalence towards Modernism. In Decline and Fall (1928), Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), and A Handful of Dust (1934), Waugh borrowed from or satirised elements of modernist culture: figures such as Le Corbusier, Henri Bergson, T. S. Eliot, and Marcel Proust; aesthetic movements including Futurism and Vorticism; and technology and culture encapsulated by jazz, silent film, the telephone, and the aeroplane. When he is regarded as a modernist it is usually as a modernist satirist, and in reference to these first four novels. The breadth of Waugh’s writing up until his death reveals his ongoing encounters with the literary, aesthetic, and intellectual currents of modernist culture.

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Item Type:Entry
Keywords:literary studies, 20th century British literature, Evelyn Waugh, modernism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:British and Irish literature
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Milthorpe, N (Dr Naomi Milthorpe)
ID Code:135933
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-11-21
Last Modified:2019-11-27

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