Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End
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The controversial British writer Ford Madox Ford (1873–1939) is increasingly recognized as a major presence in early twentieth-century literature. This series of International Ford Madox Ford Studies was founded to reflect the recent resurgence of interest in him. Each volume is based upon a particular theme, issue, or work; and relates aspects of Ford’s writing, life, and contacts, to broader concerns of his time. Ford is best-known for his fiction, especially The Good Soldier, long considered a modernist masterpiece; and Parade’s End, which Anthony Burgess described as ‘the finest novel about the First World War’, Samuel Hynes has called ‘the greatest war novel ever written by an Englishman’, and which was adapted by Tom Stoppard for the acclaimed 2012 BBC/HBO television series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall. Parade’s End is the subject of the fifteen essays here, by both established experts and new scholars. The volume includes groundbreaking work on the psycho-geography of the war in Ford’s novels; on how the war intensifies self-consciousness about performance and sensation; and on the other writers and artists Ford drew upon, and argued with, in producing his post-war masterpiece.
Contents Max Saunders: General Editor’s Preface Rob Hawkes: Introduction Section 1: Sound, Silence, and Performance John Attridge: ‘A Taboo on the Mention of Taboo’: Taciturnity and Englishness in Parade’s End and André Maurois’ Les Silences du Colonel Bramble Sara Haslam: From Conversation to Humiliation: Parade’s End and the Eighteenth Century Tom Vandevelde: ‘Are You Going to Mind the Noise?’: Mapping the Soundscape of Parade’s End Angus Wrenn: Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Parade’s End John B. Murphy: ‘The ’ind Legs of the Elephink’: Pantomime, Prophecy, and Tosh in Parade’s End Section 2: Psycho-Geography of War Michael Charlesworth: Panorama, the Map, and the Divided Self: No Enemy, No More Parades, and Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Elizabeth Hodges: Sight and Scale in Parade’s End Seamus O’Malley: How Much Mud Does a Man Need? Land and Liquidity in Parade’s End Paul Skinner: Tietjens Walking, Ford Talking Adam Piette: War and Division in Parade’s End Section 3: Contrasts: Love, Death, and Alterity Rob Spence: Ford and Lewis: The Attraction of Opposites Austin Riede: ‘Cleaned, Sand-Dried Bones’: Christopher Tietjens and the Labour of War Isabelle Brasme: Articulations of Femininity in Parade’s End Alec Marsh: ‘Better Far’: Ford and Rossettian Attitudes Joseph Wiesenfarth: Death in the Wasteland: Ford, Wells, and Waugh Contributors Abstracts Other Volumes in the Series The Ford Madox Ford Society
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