Modernism, Male Friendship, and the First World War
Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 297 pages
Cole examines the rich literary and cultural history of masculine intimacy in the twentieth century. She shows that the terrain of masculine fellowship provides an important context for understanding key literary features of the modernist period. She foregrounds such crucial themes as the broken friendships that permeate Forster's fictions, Lawrence's desperate urge to make culture out of blood brotherhood and the intense bereavement of the war poet. Cole argues that these dramas of compelling and often tortured male friendship have helped to define a particular voice within the literary canon.
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