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A Fractured Landscape of Modernity: Culture and Conflict in by James Wilkes (auth.)

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Or not coming. Or either or both. 18 Here we find two related notions that are crucial to Butts’s worldview and her work: a conviction that the breaking of an old way of life, and the materialism that comes in its wake, is a source of “dis-ease”; and that it might be possible to heal that illness and restore meaning if the world can be grasped in a new constellation. These two convictions create two sides to the variable translucency of Butts’s novels, two angles to which their structures might be turned.

In fact, after our first outbursts we have been rather silent. ’78 At this point, Purbeck appears to be more insular than ever: a place where the heat makes an intellectual activity like reading impossible,79 where the landscape itself looks like a Steer painting, with the sense of conventionality that must imply,80 and where two sisters somniloquently talk themselves into their past. 7 × 64 cm Source: London, Royal Academy of Arts. Copyright Estate of Artist/Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: John Hammond.

4, the photograph where Clive Bell and his friends are stretched out in front of their wheeled contraption, its future abandonment is still to come. It rests lightly on the crest of a dune, in perfect working order, and there is something appalling in this. 3). 25 This knowledge of future events inflects our experience of all historical photographs, but images from this particular era seem endowed with an especially acute melancholy, and a sense of impending convulsion. It is, however, the upheaval of the Second, and not the First, World War that will cause the principle of the bathing machine to 22 A Fractured Landscape of Modernity be resuscitated at Studland after 40 years of decline, as its gently sloping sandy beach provides the ideal habitat for testing another device which protects the human body’s propriety and integrity, and allows its shielded occupants to move across the exposed terrain of the littoral zone, albeit under vastly altered conditions.

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