Ford Madox Ford's Modernity
Robert Hampson, Max Saunders
Rodopi, 2003 - Social Science - 313 pages
Ford Madox Ford's Modernity explores the relation between modern writing and modern experience. It examines how his prose registers the impact on society and the arts of new technologies, such as railways and telephones. It demonstrates how Ford's writing reflects, and elaborates, new conceptions of subjectivity, gender, nation and empire. And it establishes his contribution to the growing sense of crisis in the fields of history, epistemology, and representation. It includes essays by twenty leading Ford scholars on a wide range of his fiction and criticism, giving particular attention to The Good Soldier and to his responses to modern war.
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I offer the following as an actor. FMF's writing is masterly - so many sentence have the potential for different interpretions. Like a conjurer FMF first shows he has nothing up his sleeve, he takes me in, to show later the tricks of his trade - the writer's version of smoke and mirrors. I re-read and enjoy The Good Soldier because it is full of the magic of not telling the truth in all manner of ways. It is the cheek of the author that I admire so much! He pulls us in getting us to believe he and I and you are sitting in a cottage enjoying a sophisticated yarn --
It is the underlying music of each phrase that carries the day for me.
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