For the centenary of Ford Madox Ford’s
The Good Soldier (1915), this volume originally re-examines some well-known issues surrounding the text and its “mad about writing” author: the Conrad-Ford friendship and literary collaboration; Modernist agenda(s) and Impressionist techniques; genre innovations and philosophical questions. The dialogue between established and young Ford scholars produces a challenging kaleidoscope of insights into the work of this controversial English writer and his perennial novel.
Asunción López-Varela Azcárate, Marc Ouellette, Lucie Boukalova, Allan Pero, Dean Bowers, Aimee L. Pozorski, Chris Forster, J. Fitzpatrick Smith, Edward Lobb, Timothy Sutton, Gabrielle Moyer, Joseph Wiesenfarth.
Rossitsa Terzieva-Artemis is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. She works in the fields of modern literature, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy. Rossitsa is the author of the book
Stories of the Unconscious: Sub-versions in Freud, Lacan, and Kristeva (Peter Lang, 2009) and the guest-editor of a special journal issue of
Studies in the Literary Imagination on Julia Kristeva (2015).
Table of contents
Acknowledgments Abbreviations Notes on Contributors
Introduction Rossitsa Terzieva-Artemis
The Good Soldier: Tragic, Comic, Ironic Joseph Wiesenfarth
Tory-Papists and Ford’s The Good Soldier Timothy Sutton
3 The Definition of Modernity in The Good Soldier Edward Lobb
4 The Silences of Modernism in The Good Soldier Dean Bowers
5 A Tale of Two Babies – One Dead, the Other Powerless to Be Born: Ambivalent Beginnings in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier Aimee L. Pozorski
6 The Motive for Metaphor: The Words of a Sentimentalist in The Good Soldier J. Fitzpatrick Smith
7 Rewriting Trauma: A Study of Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldieras Modernist Chronicle Asunción López-Varela Azcárate
8 “Nearly as Bright as in Provençe!”: An Episode of Dowell’s Narrative Passion Lucie Boukalova
9 Not Just Another Perplexity Gabrielle Moyer
10 “Like Chasing a Scrap of Paper”: Hysterical Detection in The Good Soldier Allan Pero
11 “Of the Question of the Sex-Instinct I Know Very Little”:
The Good Soldier
and the Discourse of Indecency Chris Forster
12 “A Family Romance”: Oedipal Melancholia and Masochism in The Good Soldier Marc Ouellette
The main market for the proposed book is academic, primarily researchers, lecturers and students of English literature who are interested in the period of Modernism and especially in the work of Ford Madox Ford.