Journals Higher Education



Published: 14 August 2008

272 Pages

ISBN: 9780195338539

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Grotesque Relations

Modernist Domestic Fiction and the U.S. Welfare State

Susan Edmunds

  • Transforms existing understandings of U.S. modernism's relationship to the welfare state by shifting critical focus from the New Deal to the Progressive era--or alternatively; "to the early history of maternalist welfare reform"
  • Brings a feminist approach to bear on discussions of modernism and the state
  • Argues that the welfare state was a major source of the "family values" now rallied against it
  • Examines modernists' responses to a rising and modernizing sentimental culture rather than one on the wane
  • Fresh historical contextualization generates significantly new interpretations of each novel
  • The book's focus on modernist deformations of domestic fiction makes a fresh contribution to ongoing discussions of the politics of modernist form

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