With two world wars fought within a span of thirty-one years, and at least five major international conflicts ravaging the humanity, twentieth century, according to Isaiah Berlin, William Golding, and René Dumont, has had been the most violent period in entire human history. Naill Ferguson regards the century also as the most destructive one for the empires. The consequent human annihilations, sufferings, hatred, suspicion, paranoia, and a perception of the ending of imperialism came to be reflected in the literatures written during the 20th century, especially in England and the United States of America, both of which were drawn into the two global belligerences and together lost approximately two million people – military and civilians. In “The Second Coming” (1919), W. B. Yeats justly described the European situation in the late 1910s as: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” (l. 3-4). English and American writings of the twentieth century – irrespective of their genres – demonstrate an awareness of the turmoil and disintegration, the world was facing in the wake of and as aftermath of the destructive belligerences. In this line, we are thinking to edit present anthology of critical essays.
Disintegration, despair, disillusionment, and paranoia became defining features of what literary historians and critics like Andrew Sanders, Edward Albert, and M.H.Abrams identified as ‘modern literature’ – that is, literature of the 20th century: the Anglo-American section comprising of such diverse genres and subgenres as war poems by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Joyce Kilmer, Archibald MacLeish, Keith Douglas, and Alun Lewis; T.S.Eliot, W.B.Yeats, and Ezra Pound’s poetry of disintegration, novels by D.H.Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, Ernest Hemingway, and other writers of the Lost Generation; and plays by Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams and so on, other than literary criticism and prose writings.
The Centre Cannot Hold: Disintegration in the Twentieth Century Anglo-American Literature proposes to collect essays on canonical and non-canonical 20th century British and American writings of different genres to show how disillusionment, despair, and disintegration became the defining features of modernist writings.
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· Each paper must be accompanied by i) A declaration that it is an original work and has not been published anywhere else or send for publication ii) Abstract of paper about 100-200 words and iii) A short bio-note of the contributor(s) indicating name, institutional affiliation, brief career history, postal address, mobile number and e-mail, in a single attachment. Please don’t send more attachments. Give these things below your paper and send all these things in a separate single M.S.-Word attachment.
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Dr. Pinaki Roy (Assistant Professor of English, Malda College, Rabindra Avenue, Post Office + District: Malda- 732 101, West Bengal, India). For correspondence, please write to: Dr. Pinaki Roy, C/o. M/s. New Niramay Clinic, 880, Hili More, Narayanpur, Post Office: Balurghat - 733 101, District: Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal, India Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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