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Part II: Evelyn Waugh and the Bright Young People

  • Charlotte Charteris
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Abstract

Part II examines the largely satirical prose of Evelyn Waugh’s long 1930s, seeking to shift critical focus from the stylistic qualities of his work to its ideological content, through detailed close readings of the novels in conjunction with those of friends and Oxford contemporaries including Harold Acton, Henry Green, Anthony Powell and Nancy Mitford. Tracing the group’s use and abuse of seven key terms—including queer and party in addition to game, family, escape, leader and racket—it reveals a complex understanding of queerness that, alert to plurality and the possibilities of both positive and negative models of queer masculinity, questions normative gender roles and temporal structures in ways that radically problematize received critical assumptions of Waugh’s straightforward conservatism.

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  • Charlotte Charteris
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  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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