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The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life

Thomas Davis


In 1935, the English writer Stephen Spender wrote that the historical pressures of his era should “turn the reader’s and writer’s attention outwards from himself to the world.” Combining historical, formalist, and archival approaches, Thomas S. Davis examines late modernism’s decisive turn toward everyday life, locating in the heightened scrutiny of details, textures, and experiences an intimate attempt to conceptualize geopolitical disorder.The Extinct Scene reads a range of mid-century texts, films, and phenomena that reflect the decline of the British Empire and seismic shifts in the global ... More

Keywords: late modernism, everyday life, documentary film, periodical culture, decline, empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231169424
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169424.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Davis, author
The Ohio State University