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Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series

Public Opinion Polling in Mid-Century British Literature

The Psychographic Turn

Megan Faragher

Public Opinion Polling in Mid-Century British Literature

Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series

Public Opinion Polling in Mid-Century British Literature

The Psychographic Turn

Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series: Public Opinion Polling in Mid-Century British Literature

 

Explores the influence that public opinion polling, and the developing idea of a public consciousness in the British mid-century, had upon the literature of the period. It traces the emergence and growing dominance of public opinion research in cultural and governmental bodies, and the ways in which it came to be aestheticized by British writers.


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Beschrijving Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series: Public Opinion Polling in Mid-Century British Literature

Whereas modernist writers lauded the consecrated realm of subjective interiority, mid-century writers were engrossed by the materialization of the collective mind. An obsession with group thinking was fuelled by the establishment of academic sociology and the ubiquitous infiltration of public opinion research into a bevy of cultural and governmental institutions. As authors witnessed the materialization of the once-opaque realm of public consciousness for the first
time, their writings imagined the potentialities of such technologies for the body politic. Polling opened new horizons for mass politics. Public Opinion Polling in Mid-Century British Literature traces this most crucial period of group psychology's evolution—the mid-century—when "psychography," a
term originating in Victorian spiritualism, transformed into a scientific praxis. The imbrication of British writers within a growing institutionalized public opinion infrastructure bolstered an aesthetic turn towards collectivity and an interest in the political ramifications of meta-psychological discourse. Examining works by H.G. Wells, Evelyn Waugh, Val Gielgud, Olaf Stapledon, Virginia Woolf, Naomi Mitchison, Celia Fremlin, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Elizabeth Bowen, this book utilizes extensive
archival research to trace the embeddedness of writers within public opinion institutions, providing a fresh explanation for the new "material" turn so often associated with interwar writing.


ISBN
9780192898975
Pagina's
256
Verschenen
Serie
Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Literaire non-fictie