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Villar Flor, Carlos / Murray Davis, Robert (eds.)

Waugh without End

New Trends in Evelyn Waugh Studies

Year of Publication: 2005

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 291 pp., 17 fig.
ISBN 978-3-03910-496-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.470 kg, 1.036 lbs

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Book synopsis

Compiled on the occasion of Evelyn Waugh’s centenary in 2003, this collection of essays shows a renewed critical interest in the author extended by scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. The contributions go back to an international symposium held at La Rioja University, 15-17 May 2003. Apart from traditional debate over questions of fact and interpretation, the book contains innovative approaches to Waugh’s œuvre, some of which make use of theories of discourse and media studies and denote an increasingly sophisticated awareness of his religious, political, and social contexts.
Beginning with those essays presenting overviews of Waugh’s life and work, and continuing with discussions of particular books in chronological order, this volume deals with a wide variety of aspects that confirm Waugh’s rising status as a major twentieth-century classic.

Contents

Contents: J. V. Long: The Consolations of Exile: Evelyn Waugh and Catholicism – Donat Gallagher: The Humanizing Factor: Evelyn Waugh’s «Very Personal View of Providence» – Patrick Query: Catholicism and Form from Hopkins to Waugh – Christine Berberich: «All gentlemen are now very old»: Waugh, Nostalgia and the Image of the English Gentleman – George McCartney: Helena in Room 101: The Sum of Truth in Waugh and Orwell – Robert Murray Davis: Evelyn Waugh’s Audiences – Alain Blayac: Evelyn Waugh, Biographer – Maria Luisa Lázaro: Emma Bovary’s and Brenda Last’s Reception: The Affective Fallacy – Dan S. Kostopulos: Mexico Imagined: Robbery Under Law and the Lessons of Mexican Travel – Ruth Breeze: Places of the Mind: Locating Brideshead Revisited – Carlos Villar Flor: Textual Indicators of Characterisation: A Narratological Approach to Brideshead Revisited – Roberto A. Valdeón García: The Spoken and the Unspoken: The Homosexual Theme in E.M. Forster and Evelyn Waugh – Cristina Flores Moreno: Dialogue Between E. Waugh and G. Greene: Two Different Approaches to Art and Religion in Brideshead Revisited and The End of the Affair – Patrick Denman Flanery: Brideshead Re-Positioned: Re-Ma(r)king Text and Tone in Filmed Adaptation – Ma Eulàlia Carceller Guillamet: Religion and Reconciliation in Helena – Alan Munton: Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour: The Invention of Disillusion – John Howard Wilson: «Not A Man For Whom I Ever Had Esteem»: Evelyn Waugh on Winston Churchill – José Díaz-Cuesta/Mar Asensio Aróstegui: Fatherhood: A Way to Sanctity in Bill Anderson’s Adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour – Gabriel Insausti: Fictionalising Memory: Waugh’s A Little Learnig.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Carlos Villar Flor is a tenured lecturer at the Universidad de La Rioja. He has published academic articles on Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Flann O’Brien or Kazuo Ishiguro and the monograph Personaje y caracterización en las novelas de Evelyn Waugh (Logroño, 1997).
Robert Murray Davis has written and edited ten books about Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited: The Past Redeemed, Evelyn Waugh and the Forms of His Time, among others). In recent years he has turned to the writing of memoirs (Mid-Lands: A Family Album; A Lower-Middle-Class Education) and of books and essays about the American West and about Central Europe.

Reviews

«The book is a most valuable contribution to Waugh criticism and really worth reading.» (Friedrich-K. Unterweg, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen)