Modern John Buchan: A Critical Introduction

Modern John Buchan: A Critical Introduction

by Nathan Waddell




This book offers an introduction to the breadth and diversity of the literary and non-literary work of John Buchan (1875-1940). It stakes a claim for him as an engaged interpreter of twentieth-century modernity, and provides evaluative readings of his output. In addition to demonstrating how Buchan's work complicates the reductive view of early twentieth-century literature as neatly cordoned-off into low and high forms of production, this book discusses his theories of empire and imperialism, his account of historiography, and his response to the First World War. In addition to his many roles as a journalist, propagandist, war reporter, editor, civil servant, and statesman, Buchan was a committed literary critic, philosopher, and writer of history. This book explores the many connections between his work and such modernists as Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, D. H. Lawrence, and Wyndham Lewis, and it situates Buchan as an intellectual figure who provided a distinctive set of readings of his modern times. Running throughout is a consideration of Buchan's fascination with binaries, doubles, and duality, which his work variously upholds and investigates. It ends with a discussion of Buchan's most famous work-The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)-in relation to paranoia and pathology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443813709
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Pages: 155
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nathan Waddell is a doctoral candidate at the University of Birmingham. He has published articles on literary modernism and is co-editing a forthcoming volume of essays entitled Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity (Ashgate).

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