Bibliography

  • Records containing the keyword ‘middlebrow’ in WorldCat
  • Records containing the keyword ‘middlebrow’ in COPAC

 

To begin research, we recommend some open-access items : three in academic journals from different disciplines, and one on a blog:

See also our page ‘Defining the Middlebrow‘ on this site.

Section II: Early and Mid-Twentieth-Century Texts

  • Altick, Richard D., The English Common Reader (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1957)
  • Benedict, Ruth, Patterns of Culture (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1935)
  • Bennett, Arnold, Literary Taste (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909)
  • Blackwell, Basil et al., The Book World (London: Thomas Nelson, 1935)
  • Chapman, Guy, Culture and Survival (London: Jonathan Cape, 1940)
  • Connolly, Cyril, Enemies of Promise (London: Routledge, 1938)
  • Davies, Margaret Llewellyn ed. Life As We Have Known It (London: Hogarth Press, 1931; Virago, 1977) [contains introduction by Virginia Woolf]
  • Drew, Elizabeth, The Modern Novel: Some Aspects of Contemporary Fiction (London: Jonathan Cape, 1926)
  • Goldring, Douglas, The Nineteen Twenties (London: Nicholson and Watson, 1945)
  • Hunt, Cecil, Ink in my Veins (London: Robert Hale, 1948)
  • Hutchinson, A. S. M., Bring Back the Days (London: Michael Joseph, 1958)
  • Jackson, Holbrook, The Eighteen Nineties (London: Grant Richards, 1913: Harmondsworth: Pelican, 1939)
  • Jenkinson, A. J., What do Boys and Girls Read? (London: Methuen, 1940: Second edition with new Appendix, 1946)
  • Leavis, F. R., Mass Civilisation and Minority Culture (Cambridge: The Minority Press, 1930)
  • Leavis, F. R. and Denys Thompson, Culture and Environment. (London: Chatto and Windus, 1933)
  • Leavis, Q. D., Fiction and the Reading Public (London: Pimlico, 2000; first pub. 1932)
  • Lefebvre, Henri, Critique of Everyday Life 1, trans. John Moore, (London: Verso, 1991. Orig. published as Critique de la vie quotidienne I: Introduction, Paris: Grasset, 1947)
  • Lynes, Russell, ‘High-Brow, Low-Brow, Middle-Brow’, Life, (April 11 1949)
  • Lynes, Russell, The Taste-Makers (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1954)
  • Mackenzie, Compton, Literature in My Time (London: Rich and Cowan, 1933)
  • Mannin, Ethel Confessions and Impressions (London: Jarrolds, 1930; Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1937)
  • Mitford, Nancy (ed), Noblesse Oblige: An Enquiry into the Identifiable Characteristics of the English Aristocracy(London: Penguin, 1956)
  • Orwell, George, Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (London: Secker and Warburg, 1969)
  • Priestley, J. B. ‘High, Low, Broad.’ In Open House: A Book of Essays (London: Heinemann, 1927)
  • Swinnerton, Frank, Background with Chorus: A Footnote to Changes in English Literary Fashion Between 1901 and 1917 (London: Hutchinson & Co, 1956)
  • Swinnerton, Frank, Figures in the Foreground: Literary Reminiscences 1917-1940 (London: Hutchinson & Co,1937, rev. edn. 1963)
  • Swinnerton, Frank, The Georgian Literary Scene 1910-1935 (London: Hutchinson & Co,1935; rev. edn. 1969)
  • Ward, A. C., The Nineteen-Twenties: Literature and Ideas in the Post-War Decade (London: Methuen, 1930)
  • West, Rebecca, “The Tosh Horse.” The Strange Necessity: Essays and Reviews (London: Jonathan Cape, 1928)
  • Woolf, Leonard, Hunting the Highbrow (London: Hogarth Press, 1927)
  • Woolf, Virginia, The Death of the Moth (London: Hogarth Press, 1942)
  • Young, G. M., “The New Cortegiano” in Daylight and Champaign (London: Jonathan Cape, 1937) Reprint in Davison, Meyersohn, and Shils, vol.5, 3-21.

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Section III: Modern Critical Discussions

  • Alsop, Derek and Chris Walsh, The Practice of Reading: Interpreting the Novel (London: Macmillan, 1998)
  • Alsop, Elizabeth, Making Conversation in Modernist Fiction (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2019)
  • Anderson, Rachel, The Purple Heart Throbs: The Sub-literature of Love (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1974)
  • Ardis, Ann, Modernism and Cultural Conflict, 1880-1922 (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
  • Ardis, Ann and Patrick Collier (eds), Transatlantic Print Culture 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
  • Ardis, Ann and Leslie W. Lewis (eds). Women’s Experience of Modernity, 1875-1945 (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)
  • Ashley, Bob, The Study of Popular Fiction: A Source Book (London: Pinter, 1989)
  • Ayers, David. English Literature of the 1920s (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999)
  • Baker, Niamh, Happily Ever After?: Women’s Fiction in Postwar Britain 1945-60 (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989)
  • Baldwin, Dean, Art and Commerce in the British Short Story, 1880-1950 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013)
  • Barber, Karin, The Generation of Plays (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000)
  • Barker, Francis, et al. 1936: The Sociology of Literature (Colchester: The University of Essex, 1979)
  • Barker, Clive and Maggie B. Gale (eds). British Theatre Between the Wars, 1918-1939. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
  • Baxendale, John, Priestley’s England: J. B. Priestley and English Culture (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2007)
  • Baxendale, J. and C. Pawling, Narrating the Thirties: A Decade in the Making; 1930-Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 1996)
  • Beauman, Nicola, A Very Great Profession: The Woman’s Novel 1914-39 (London: Virago, 1983)
  • Beddoe, Deirdre. Back to Home and Duty: Women Between the Wars 1918-1939 (London: Pandora Press, 1989)
  • Beetham, Margaret, A Magazine of Her Own?: Domesticity and Desire in the Women’s Magazine, 1800-1914 (London: Routledge, 1996)
  • Bennett, Tony, David Carter, Modesto Gayo, Michelle Kelly, and Greg Noble (eds.), Fields, Capitals, Habitus: Australian Culture, Inequalities and Social Divisions (London & New York: Routledge, 2020)
  • Benthien, Claudia, Jordis Lau and Maraike M. Marxsen, The Literariness of Media Art (London: Routledge, 2018)
  • Bingham, Adrian, Gender, Modernity and the Popular Press in Interwar Britain (Oxford: OUP, 2004)
  • Blair, Amy L., Reading Up: Middle-Class Readers and the Culture of Success in the Early Twentieth-Century United States (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011)
  • Blanch, Sophie and Melissa Sullivan (eds) ‘The Middlebrow – Within or Without Modernism’, special issue of Modernist Cultures, vol 6, no 1, May 2011
  • Bloom, Clive, (2nd edition) Bestsellers: Popular Fiction Since 1900 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2009)
  • Bloom, Clive ed. Literature and Culture in Modern Britain, 1900-1929. Vol.1 of 3. (London: Longman, 1993)
  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). British Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960: Volume One (Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1997)
  • Bluemel, Kristin, George Orwell and the Radical Eccentrics: Intermodernism in Literary London (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)
  • Bluemel, Kristin, Intermodernism: Writing and Culture in Interwar and Wartime Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2010)
  • Bluemel, Kristin and Michael McCluskey (eds), Rural Modernity in Britain: A Critical Intervention (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018)
  • Bogen, Anna, Women’s University Fiction, 1880-1945 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014)
  • Bonham-Carter, Victor. Authors by Profession (London: The Society of Authors, 1978)
  • Botshon, Lisa and Meredith Goldsmith (eds) Middlebrow Moderns: Popular American Women Writers of the 1920s (Northeastern University Press, 2003)
  • Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, trans. Richard Nice (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986). Orig. published as La Distinction, Critique sociale du judgement (Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1979)
  • Bourdieu, Pierre, The Field of Cultural Production: Essays on Art and Literature, ed. Randal Johnson. (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1993)
  • Bracco, Rosa Maria, Betwixt and Between: Middlebrow Fiction and English Society in the 20s and 30s (Victoria: The University of Melbourne, 1990)
  • Bracco, Rosa Maria. Merchants of Hope: British Middlebrow Writers and the First World War, 1919-1939 (Oxford: Berg, 1993)
  • Briganti, Chiara and Kathy Mezei, Domestic Modernism, The Interwar Novel and EH Young (Ashgate, 2006)
  • Bromley, Roger, Lost Narratives (London: Routledge, 1988)
  • Brown, Erica and Mary Grover (eds) Middlebrow Literary Cultures: the Battle of the Brows, 1920-1960 (Palgrave, 2012)
  • Brown, Erica, Comedy and the Feminine Middlebrow Novel: Elizabeth von Arnim and Elizabeth Taylor (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013)
  • Brown, Judith, Glamour in Six Dimensions: Modernism and the Radiance of Form (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009)
  • Cannadine, David, Class in Britain (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998)
  • Cadogan, Mary, and Patricia Craig. Women and Children First: The Fiction of Two World Wars (London: Victor Gollancz, 1978)
  • Carey, John, The Intellectuals and the Masses (London: Faber and Faber, 1992)
  • Carter, David, Almost Always Modern: Australian Print Cultures and Modernity (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2013)
  • Carter, David, “Middlebrow Book Culture.” In Hanquinet, Laurie and Mike Savage (eds.), Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture (London: Routledge, 2016)
  • Casey, Janet, A New Heartland: Women, Modernity, and the Agrarian Ideal in America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Casey, Janet, Teaching Tainted Lit: Popular American Fiction in Today’s Classroom (Iowa City: Iowa University Press, 2015)
  • Cavaliero, Glen, The Rural Tradition in the English Novel 1900-1939 (London: Macmillan, 1977)
  • Chowrimootoo, Christopher, Middlebrow Modernism: Britten’s Operas and the Great Divide (Oakland: University of California Press, 2018)
  • Chowrimootoo, Christopher, Kate Guthrie, John Howland, Andrew Flory, Chris McDonald, Heather Wiebe, and Richard Taruskin (eds.), “Colloquy: Musicology and the Middlebrow”, special issue of Journal of the American Musicological Society, vol 73, no 2, Summer 2020
  • Christ, Birte. Modern Domestic Fiction: Popular Feminism, Mass-Market Magazines, and Middle-Class Culture, 1905-1925 (Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter, 2012)
  • Church Gibson, Pamela, Fashion and Celebrity Culture (London: Berg, 2012)
  • Clay, Catherine, Time and Tide: The Feminist and Cultural Politics of a Modern Magazine (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018)
  • Cockburn, Claud, Bestseller: The Books That Everyone Read, 1900-1939 (London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1972; Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975)
  • Cohen, Debra Rae, Remapping the Home Front: Locating Citizenship in British Women’s Great War Fiction (Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 2002)
  • Collini, Stefan, Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Collini, Stefan, Public Moralists: Political Thought and Intellectual Life in Britain, 1850-1930 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991)
  • Cottrell, Anna, London Writing of the 1930s (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017)
  • Croft, Andy. Red Letter Days: British Fiction in the 1930s (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1990)
  • Crosland, Margaret, Beyond the Lighthouse: English Women Novelists in the Twentieth Century (London: Constable, 1981)
  • Crossick, Geoffrey, ed., The Lower Middle Class in Britain: 1870-1914 (London: Croom Helm, 1977)
  • Crossick, Geoffrey and Heinz-Gerhard Haupt, The Petite Bourgeoisie in Europe: 1780-1914 (London: Routledge, 1995)
  • Cuddy-Keane, Melba, Virginia Woolf, the Intellectual and the Public Sphere (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
  • Cunningham, Valentine. British Writers of the Thirties (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988)
  • D’Monté, Rebecca, British Theatre and Performance: 1900-1950 (London: Bloomsbury, 2015)
  • Daunais, Isabelle, and Allan Hepburn (eds.), Diplomacy and the Modern Novel: France, Britain, and the Mission of Literature (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2020)
  • Darwood, Nicola, and Nick Turner, Interwar Women’s Comic Fiction: ‘Have Women a Sense of Humour?’ (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020)
  • Davis, Fred, Fashion, Culture, and Identity (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1992)
  • Davis, Lennard J., Resisting Novels: Ideology and Fiction (London: Methuen, 1987)
  • Davison, Peter, Rolf Meyersohn, and Edward Shils, eds., Literary Taste, Culture and Mass Communication. 14 vols. (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey; Teaneck, New Jersey: Somerset House, 1978)
  • Dawson, Graham, Imagining Masculinities (London: Routledge, 1994)
  • Deen, Stella (ed.). Challenging Modernism: New Readings in Literature and Culture, 1914-45 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002)
  • DiBattista, Maria and McDiarmid, Lucy, eds., High and Low Moderns: Literature and Culture, 1889-1939 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • Dines, Martin, The Literature of Suburban Change: Narrating Spatial Complexity in Metropolitan America (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020)
  • Dowson, Jane. Women, Modernism and British Poetry 1910-1939 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002)
  • Driscoll, Beth, The New Literary Middlebrow: Tastemakers and Reading in the Twenty-First Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • Eagleton, Mary, Clever Girls and the Literature of Women’s Upward Mobility (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
  • Eagleton, Terry, Against the Grain: Essays 1975-1985 (London: Verso, 1986)
  • Eagleton, Terry, Marxism and Literary Criticism (London: Routledge, 1976)
  • Earle, David M., Re-Covering Modernism: Pulps, Paperbacks and the Prejudice of Form (Ashgate, 2009)
  • Eco, Umberto, The Role of the Reader (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979)
  • Edmondson, Belinda, Caribbean Middlebrow: Leisure Culture and the Middle Class (Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2009)
  • Egan, Gerald (ed.), Fashion and Authorship: Literary Production and Cultural Style from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
  • Eldridge Miller, Jane, Rebel Women: Feminism, Modernism and the Edwardian Novel (London: Virago, 1994)
  • Faulkner, Sally, A History of Spanish Film: Cinema and Society, 1910-2010 (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)
  • Faulkner, Sally, Middlebrow Cinema (London: Routledge, 2016)
  • Felski, Rita, Doing Time: Feminist Theory and Postmodern Culture (New York: New York University Press, 2000)
  • Felski, Rita, The Gender of Modernity (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995)
  • Felski, Rita, “Imagined Pleasures: The Erotics and Aesthetics of Consumption.” In The Gender of Modernity 61-89. (Cambridge, Mass.: The Harvard Press, 1995)
  • Ferguson, Marjorie, Forever Feminine: Women’s Magazines and the Cult of Femininity (London: Heinemann, 1983)
  • Fish, Stanley. Is There a Text in this Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980)
  • Fleishman, Avrom, The English Historical Novel: Walter Scott to Virginia Woolf (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins Press, 1971)
  • Flint, Kate, The Woman Reader 1837-1914 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993)
  • Fraser, Robert and Mary Hammond (eds) Books Without Borders, Volume 1: The Cross-National Dimension in Print Culture; Volume 2: Perspectives from South Asia (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2008)
  • Freund, Elizabeth, The Return of the Reader: Reader-Response Criticism (London: Methuen, 1987)
  • Fussell, Paul, The Great War and Modern Memory ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975)
  • Furbank, P. N., Unholy Pleasure: The Idea of Social Class (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985)
  • Furbank, P. N. “The Twentieth-Century Best-Seller.” In The Pelican Guide to English Literature: The Modern Age. Ed. Boris Ford. 429-441. (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1961)
  • Gale, Maggie B. West End Women: Women and the London Stage 1918-1962 (London: Routledge, 1996)
  • Gan, Wendy, Women, Privacy and Modernity in Early Twentieth Century British Writing (Palgrave, 2009)
  • Gans, Herbert J., Popular Culture and High Culture (New York: Basic Books, 1974)
  • Gindin, James, British Fiction in the 1930s: The Dispiriting Decade (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992)
  • Garrett, Leah, Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2015)
  • Garrity, Jane. Step-Daughters of England: British Women Modernists and the National Imaginary (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003)
  • Gilbert, Sandra and Susan Gubar. No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century. 3 vols. Volume I: The War of the Words, Volume II: Sexchanges, Volume III: Letters from the Front (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1988, 1989, 1994)
  • Giles, Judy. The Parlour and the Suburb: Domestic Identities, Class, Femininity and Modernity (Oxford: Berg, 2004)
  • Giles, Judy and Tim Middleton (eds). Writing Englishness 1900-1950: An Introductory Sourcebook on National Identity (London: Routledge, 1995)
  • Golden, Amanda, Annotating Modernism: Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets (London: Routledge, 2020)
  • Goldman, Dorothy with Jane Gledhill and Judith Hattaway. Women Writers and the Great War (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995)
  • González, Octavio R., Misfit Modernism: Queer Forms of Double Exile in the Twentieth-Century Novel (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2020)
  • Gough-Yates, Anna, Understanding Women’s Magazines: Publishing, Markets and Readerships (London: Routledge, 2003)
  • Grasl, Caterina, Oedipal Murders and Nostalgic Resurrections: The Victorians in Historical Middlebrow Fiction, 1914-1959 (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2014)
  • Greenberg, Jonathan, Modernism, Satire and the Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • Greenslade, William, Degeneration, Culture and the Novel 1880-1940 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)
  • Grieve, Victoria, The Federal Art Project and Creation of Middlebrow Culture (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009)
  • Griffin, Gabriele (ed.). Difference in View: Women and Modernism (London: Taylor and Francis, 1994)
  • Gronow, Jukka, The Sociology of Taste (London: Routledge, 1997)
  • Grover, Mary, The Ordeal of Warwick Deeping: Middlebrow Authorship and Cultural Embarrassment (Associated University Presses, 2009)
  • Guillory, John, Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993)
  • Habermann, Ina, Myth, Memory and the Middlebrow: Priestley, du Maurier and the Symbolic Form of Englishness (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010)
  • Hall, John, The Sociology of Literature (London: Longman, 1979)
  • Hammill, Faye, Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2010)
  • Hammill, Faye, Women, Celebrity and Literary Culture Between the Wars (University of Texas Press, 2007)
  • Hammill, Faye and Mark Hussey, Modernism’s Print Cultures (Bloomsbury, 2016)
  • Hammill, Faye and Michelle Smith, Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture: Canadian Periodicals in English and French, 1925-1960 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015)
  • Hammond, Mary, Reading, Publishing and the Formation of Literary Taste in England, 1880-1914 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006)
  • Hanscombe, Gillian and Virginia Smyers. Writing for their Lives: The Modernist Women, 1910-1940 (London: The Women’s Press, 1987)
  • Hapgood, L. and N. Paxton, eds., Outside Modernism (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000)
  • Harker, Jaime, America the Middlebrow: Women’s Novel, Progressivism, and Middlebrow Authorship Between the Wars (Amherst: University of Massachussetts Press, 2007)
  • Harker, Jamie, Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America (Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Minnesota University Press, 2013)
  • Hartley, Jenny. Hearts Undefeated: Women’s Writing of the Second World War (London: Virago, 1994)
  • Hartley, Jenny, Millions Like Us: British Women’s Fiction of the Second World War (London: Virago, 1997)
  • Hewitt, Douglas, English Fiction of the Early Modern Period 1890-1940 (Harlow: Addison Wesley Longman, 1988)
  • Hilliard, Christopher, To Exercise Our Talents: The Democratization of Writing in Britain (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006)
  • Hinds, Hilary, ‘Ordinary Disappointments: Femininity, Domesticity, and Nation in British Middlebrow Fiction, 1920-1944’ in Modern Fiction Studies, vol 55, no 2 Summer 2009
  • Holmes, Diana, Middlebrow Matters: Women’s Reading and the Literary Canon in France Since the Belle Époque (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018)
  • Hopkins, Chris, Neglected Texts, Forgotten Contexts (Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University, 1994)
  • Horwood, Catherine, Keeping Up Appearances: Fashion and Class Between the Wars (The History Press: 2005)
  • Howland, John, Ellington Uptown: Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson, and the Birth of Concert Jazz (University of Michigan Press, 2009)
  • Hubble, Nick, Mass-Observation and Everyday Life: Culture, History, Theory (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
  • Hubble, Nick (ed.), ‘Middlebrow London’ special issue of Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London, vol 9, no 1, March 2011
  • Hubble, Nick, Luke Seaber, and Elinor Taylor (eds.), The 1930s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction (London: Bloomsbury, 2020)
  • Humble, Nicola, The Feminine Middlebrow Novel, 1920s to 1950s (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • Humm, Peter, Paul Stignant and Peter Widdowson, eds. Popular Fictions: Essays in Literature and History (London: Methuen, 1986)
  • Hutner, Gordon, What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009)
  • Huyssen, Andreas, After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture and Postmodernism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1988)
  • Hynes, Samuel, A War Imagined: the First World War and English Culture (London: Bodley Head 1990; Pimlico edition, 1992)
  • Iser, Wolfgang, The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response (London: Routledge Kegan and Paul, 1978; Orig. Der Akt des lesens: theorie Ästhetishcher Wirkung Munich: Fink, 1976)
  • Ingram, Angela and Daphne Patai(eds). Rediscovering Forgotten Radicals: British Women Writers, 1889-1939 (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1993)
  • Jaillant, Lise, Modernism, Middlebrow and the Literary Canon (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014)
  • Joannou, Maralou, Ladies, Please Don’t Smash These Windows: Women’s Writing, Feminist Consciousness and Social Change, 1918-1939 (Oxford: Berg, 1995)
  • Joannou, Maroula, ed., The History of British Women’s Writing: 1920-1945 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
  • Joannou, Maroula, ed., Women Writers of the 1930s (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Unversity Press, 1999)
  • Joannou, Maralou and Claire Nicholson, eds., The Women Aesthetes: British Writers, 1870-1900 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013)
  • Johnson G. M. ed., Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Novelists Between the Wars (Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1998)
  • Kammen, Michael, American Culture, American Tastes: Social Change and the Twentieth Century (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999)
  • Kaplan, Carola M. and Anne B. Simpson, eds., Seeing Double: Revisioning Edwardian and Modernist Literature (New York: St Martin’s Press, 1996)
  • Karoula, Rania, The Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939: Engagement and Experimentation (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020)
  • Kelly, Alice, Commemorative Modernisms: Women Writers, Death and the First World War (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020)
  • Kelly, Jessica, “‘To fan the ardour of the layman’: The Architectural Review, The MARS Group and the cultivation of middle class audiences for modernism in Britain, 1933-1940″, Journal of Design History, 29.4 (November 2016), pp 360-365
  • Kennedy, Sue, and Jane Thomas (eds.), British Women’s Writing, 1930 to 1960: Between the Waves (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020)
  • Kermode, Frank, Essays on Fiction 1971-82 (London: Routledge, Kegan and Paul, 1983)
  • Keyser, Catherine, Artificial Color: Modern Food and Racial Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • Klein, Christina, Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961 (University of California Press, 2003)
  • Knight, Stephen, Crime Fiction Since 1800: Detection, Death, Diversity (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
  • Konchar Farr, Cecilia, The Ulysses Delusion: Rethinking Standards of Literary Merit (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
  • Lacy, Tim, The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
  • Langbauer, Laurie, Novels of Everyday Life: The Series in English Fiction, 1850-1930 (London: Cornell University Press, 1999)
  • Lassner, Phyllis, Colonial Strangers: Women Writing the End of the British Empire (Rutgers University Press, 2004)
  • Lassner, Phyllis, Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
  • Latham, Sean, Am I A Snob? Modernism and the Novel (Ithaca and London: Cornell UP, 2003)
  • Laurenson, Diana T. and Alan Swingewood, The Sociology of Literature (London: MacGibbon and Kee, 1972)
  • Laurie, Kedrun, “Who read Richard Jefferies? The evidence of the North fund subscription list.”, Richard Jefferies Society Journal, 18 (2009) pp 6-30
  • Lawrie, Alexandra, The Beginnings of University English: Extramural Study, 1885-1910 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • LeMahieu, D. L., A Culture For Democracy: Mass Communication and the Cultivated Mind in Britain Between the Wars (Clarendon Press, 1988)
  • Levine, Lawrence, Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1988)
  • Lewis, John, The Left Book Club: An Historical Record. (London: Victor Gollancz, 1970)
  • Light, Alison, Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism Between the Wars (London: Routledge, 1991)
  • Lonsdale, Sarah, Rebel Women Between the Wars: Fearless Writers and Adventurers (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020)
  • Lonsdale, Sarah, The Journalist in British Fiction and Film (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)
  • Low, Rachel, Film Making in 1930s Britain (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1985)
  • Lucas, John, The Radical Twenties: Aspects of Writing, Politics and Culture (Nottingham: Five Leaves, 2000)
  • Lurz, John, The Death of the Book: Modernist Novels and the Time of Reading (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016)
  • Macdonald, Kate (ed), The Masculine Middlebrow, 1880-1950: What Mr Miniver Read (Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
  • Macdonald, Kate and Christoph Singer (eds), Transitions in Middlebrow Writing, 1880-1930 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
  • MacKay, Marina and Lyndsey Stonebridge (eds) British Fiction After Modernism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)
  • MacKenzie, John M. ed., Imperialism and Popular Culture (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1986)
  • MacKillop, Ian, F. R. Leavis: A Life in Criticism (London: Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1995)
  • Maddison, Isobel, Elizabeth von Arnim: Beyond the German Garden (London: Ashgate, 2013)
  • Mangan, J. A. and James Walvin. Manliness and Morality: Middle-Class Masculinity in Britain and America, 1800-1940 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1987)
  • Marcus, Laura, Michèle Mendelssohn and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Late Victorian Into Modern (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020)
  • Maslen, Elizabeth, Life in the Writings of Storm Jameson: A Biography (Evanston, Northwestern University Press, 2014)
  • Maslen, Elizabeth. Political and Social Issues in British Women’s Fiction, 1928-1968 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001)
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