Figures of Catastrophe: The Condition of Culture Novel

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A bold new vision of the modern English novel

The leading critic Francis Mulhern uncovers a hidden history in the fiction of the past century, identifying a central new genre: the condition of culture novel. Reading across and against the grain of received patterns of literary association, tracing a line from Hardy and Forster, through Woolf, Waugh and Bowen, to Barstow, Fowles, Rendell, Naipaul, Amis, Kureishi and Smith, he elucidates the recurring topics and narrative logics of the genre, showing how culture emerges as a special ground of social conflict, above all between classes. The narrative evaluations of culture’s ends—the aspirations and the destinies of those whose lives are the subject of these novels—grow steadily darker over time, and the writing itself grows more introverted.

A concluding discussion elicits the characteristics of the English condition of culture novel, in an international setting, and closes in, finally, on the central conundrum of the genre: its uncanny reprise, in its own plane, of the historical arc of the modern labour movement in Britain, from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century through its post-war heyday to the seemingly inexorable decline of recent decades.

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Francis Mulhern comes from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. He was educated at University College Dublin and the University of Cambridge. His books include The Moment of ‘Scrutiny’, Culture/Metaculture, and the edited collection Lives on the Left. He is Associate Editor of New Left Review.

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“Few critics could match the subtlety of Mulhern’s interpretations or the eloquent precision of his prose.  Perhaps the best thing about this book is that it sends the reader back to the novels to test out its hypotheses, thus providing an education in the condition of culture novel and its polymorphic figures of catastrophe.”
—Maud Ellman, Critical Inquiry

“An extraordinary, thoughtful and thought-provoking study, Figures of Catastrophe is very highly recommended for community and academic library Literary Studies reference collections and supplemental curriculums.”
Midwest Book Review

Praise for The Moment of Scrutiny:

“Very welcome and important ... the book is at once indispensable.”
Guardian

“Extraordinarily thorough and responsive ... austerely elegant ... in praise of a distinguished essay in cultural history and critical theory.”
Times Literary Supplement

“This is a book to be grateful for.”
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“A richly informing and provocative work of intellectual history ... Mulhern marshals his evidence stwith a rare power of argument and a scrupulous fairness of coverage.”
British Book News

“An important and valuable book ... written with intensity and intelligence.”
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