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A Fractured Landscape of Modernity

Culture and Conflict in the Isle of Purbeck

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Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. James Wilkes
    Pages 1-11
  3. James Wilkes
    Pages 12-42
  4. James Wilkes
    Pages 43-74
  5. James Wilkes
    Pages 75-112
  6. James Wilkes
    Pages 113-138
  7. James Wilkes
    Pages 139-143
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 144-193

About this book


This book uses the contradictions, fractures and coincidences of a twentieth-century rural landscape to explore new methods of writing place beyond 'new nature writing'. In doing so it opens up new ways of reading modernist artists and writers such as Vanessa Bell, Mary Butts and Paul Nash.


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About the authors

James Wilkes is a researcher and writer with interests in modernist art and literature, contemporary landscape writing and poetry. His poetry publications include the collection Weather A System (2009) and the chapbook Reviews (2009). He has taught at Birkbeck College and the University of East Anglia.

Bibliographic information


'Wilkes' book is timely. It sits alongside a growing body of work which, Lorimer and Parr note, demonstrates 'a preparedness to experiment with different ways of telling' (2014, page 544). In A Fractured Landscape of Modernity experimentation has enabled Wilkes to approach the 'telling' of Purbeck's multiples histories and imageries, through the use of ' narrative as a creative method as well as subject of critical analysis' (Daniels and Lorimer 2012, page 4).' - Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2014