My research now concluded, my understanding of England’s literary landscape in the first half of the twentieth century has changed dramatically.
After moving back to campus two days ago and settling in, I spent the morning of my first work day exploring the stacks of Swem Library to find all the books I could possibly need to begin my research. I had previously searched the online catalogue to get an idea of what materials Swem already had, and had saved all the call numbers I might need.
The short story as it is known today had its origins in the nineteenth century in Russia and in France with pioneering authors such as Anton Chekhov and Guy de Maupassant. The evolution of this literary genre allowed for the exploration of ideas that would not lend themselves to novel form, and allowed for a great deal of originality. In the 20th century, the short story expanded to a widespread literary phenomenon, and many authors flourished in the genre. My research will specifically focus on English authors, and how their work reflected England’s many great cultural shifts over the century, from the Great Depression, to Britain’s loss of empire and the turmoil brought by the first and second world wars.