Date of Degree

2011

Document Type

Master's thesis

Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Department

English

First Advisor

Linda Bolton

Abstract

Children in modernist literature have been largely ignored in critical study; an odd oversight, since children in Victorian and contemporary literature have been sources of rich material for literary critics. In novels published from 1930 until 1934, Wyndham Lewis, Virginia Woolf, and Evelyn Waugh address the relationships between children/childhood and nostalgia in The Apes of God (Lewis), The Waves (Woolf), and A Handful of Dust (Waugh). Their complicated and often conflicting depictions of childhood and desire for the past reveal children's overlooked importance in British modernism, as well as a lack of singularity in the manifestations of children and nostalgia that is crucial to contemporary understandings of both terms.

Pages

ii, 71

Bibliography

69-71

Copyright

Copyright 2011 Elspeth Anne Taylor