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Mark A. Wollaeger
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2005 – 8/31/2006

British Narrative and the Invention of Modern Propaganda, 1900-1945

My project defines a new area of inquiry: the relationship between British modernism and the chief information pathology of the twentieth century, propaganda. Propaganda has always existed, but modern propaganda, operating through techniques of saturation and multiple media channels, developed contemporaneously with literary modernism. Analyzing mass cultural forms (including posters, postcards, and film) and literature as mutually illuminating texts, the project maps relations between modernist narrative and the invention of modern propaganda; provides the most comprehensive account to date of relations between media and the modernist moment; and offers fresh readings of major and neglected works.