Ford Madox Ford’s Cosmopolis: Psycho-geography, Flânerie and the Cultures of Paris

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The controversial British writer Ford Madox Ford (1873–1939) is increasingly recognized as a major presence in early twentieth-century literature. This series of International Ford Madox Ford Studies was founded to reflect the recent resurgence of interest in him. Each volume is based upon a particular theme, issue, or work; and relates aspects of Ford’s writing, life, and contacts, to broader concerns of his time.
Ford is best-known for his fiction, especially The Good Soldier, long considered a modernist masterpiece; and Parade’s End, which Anthony Burgess described as ‘the finest novel about the First World War’, Samuel Hynes has called ‘the greatest war novel ever written by an Englishman’, and which was adapted by Tom Stoppard for the acclaimed 2012 BBC/HBO television series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.
The twelve essays in this volume, Ford Madox Ford’s Cosmopolis, focus directly on the internationalism so important to Ford, and bring out three main ideas. First, his lifelong commitment to an international vision of literature and culture. Second, ‘Cosmopolis’ also refers to Ford’s experiences of the particular cosmopolitan cities he lived in: London, Paris, New York. Third, the idea that his lifelong experience of Paris in particular informed and shaped his writing. Ford’s Cosmopolis is thus not only an ideal city or state open to such cosmopolitan exchange. It is also a mode of writing which invents forms and styles to render the experience of such hybridity, diversity, fluidity, and tolerance.

Contributors are: Alexandra Becquet, Helen Chambers, Martina Ciceri, Laurence Davies, Claire Davison, Annalisa Federici, Georges Létissier, Caroline Patey, Andrea Rummel, Max Saunders, Rob Spence, Martin Stannard, George Wickes, Joseph Wiesenfarth.

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Alexandra Becquet, Ph. D. (2013), specialises in intermedial studies of Modernist texts. Her forthcoming monograph deals with the intermediality of Ford Madox Ford’s impressionism and of his novels: Ford Madox Ford and the Arts: Painting, Music, and the Performing Arts (Editions Honoré Champion).

Claire Davison is Professor of Modernist Studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, where she specialises in intermedial and marginal or experimental modernisms – including translating networks, musical interlinks and the radio. Her most recent monograph, Translation as Collaboration: Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and S. S. Koteliansky (Edinburgh University Press, 2014) looks at the role of translation from Russian in the lives and works of the three authors.
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General Editor’s Preface
MAX SAUNDERS

Introduction
CAROLINE PATEY

Paris Fluctuat…
Ford Madox Ford’s Urban Psychogeography
GEORGES LETISSIER

The City, the Self and the Real-and-Imagined: Ford Madox Ford and Paris
ANDREA RUMMEL

Converging Orbits: Ford Madox Ford, Russian Paris and the Motifs of Expatriation
MARTINA CICERI

‘Beautiful and Instructive’: Ford Madox Ford’s Encounter with Popular Culture
ROB SPENCE

Dissolving Views, or, the Lives of ‘Bad, Mad Bosphorus’
LAURENCE DAVIES

The transatlantic review and the Nouvelle Revue Française – between Tradition and Modernity: The Ford-Larbaud-Joyce Connection
ANNALISA FEDERICI

‘Adventures of the Soul Among Masterpieces’: Ford and France (Anatole)
MAX SAUNDERS

‘Le Traducteur E. M. (une Femme)’: Conrad, the Hueffers and the 1903 Maupassant Translations
HELEN CHAMBERS

Quartet with Variations: Ford Madox Ford, Stella Bowen, Jean Rhys, Jean Lenglet
JOSEPH WIESENFARTH

What Hemingway Learned from Ford
GEORGE WICKES

Ford and Biala: A Bohemian Life
MARTIN STANNARD

Ford Madox Ford
NATHAN ASCH
(Edited by Alexandra Becquet)

Contributors
Students and scholars interested in Anglo-American and Anglo-French Modernist networks in the early twentieth century, especially from the perspective of Paris in the 1920s. Readers with a keen interest in the life and works of Ford Madox Ford and his contemporaries.
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