For students and readers new to the work of Ford Madox Ford, this volume provides a comprehensive introduction to one of the most complex, important and fascinating authors. Bringing together leading Ford scholars, the volume places Ford's work in the context of significant literary, artistic and historical events and movements. Individual essays consider Ford's theory of literary Impressionism and the impact of the First World War; illuminate The Good Soldier and Parade's End; engage with topics such as the city, gender, national identity and politics; discuss Ford as an autobiographer, poet, propagandist, sociologist, Edwardian and modernist; and show his importance as founding editor of the groundbreaking English Review and transatlantic review. The volume encourages detailed close reading of Ford's writing and illustrates the importance of engaging with secondary sources.
'With its broad view of Ford Madox Ford's many interests and accomplishments and in its illumination of his fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, this excellent collection offers readers a man of tremendous curiosity and intellectual vitality.' Joseph Wiesenfarth, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: The Brilliant Ford Madox Ford
Ashley Chantler and Rob Hawkes
1. Ford’s Lives
2. Conrad and Ford; Ford and Conrad
3. Towards The Good Soldier: Ford’s Edwardian Fiction
4. Ford and Modernism
5. Ford’s Literary Impressionism
6. The Good Soldier
7. Ford Among the ‘Movements, Magazines and Manifestos’
8. In the ‘Twentieth-Century Fashion’: Ford and Modern Poetry
9. Ford and the First World War
10. Parade’s End
11. Ford and the City
12. Ford and Gender
13. Ford and National Identity
14. Ford and Politics
Guide to Further Reading
Ashley Chantler is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chester, UK.
Rob Hawkes is Senior Lecturer in English at Teesside University, UK.
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