1. Metrocolonial modernism; 2. Architectures of free trade in Conrad's Singapore; 3. Synchronising empire time in Joyce's Dublin; 4. Anglo-Indian crises of development; 5. Ecologies of empire in Oceanian modernism; Conclusion: Mega-Dublins.
Compares twentieth-century literature from a network of British colonial cities, tracing a new, peripheral history of urban modernism.
Caitlin Vandertop is Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick. A former lecturer at the University of the South Pacific and research assistant at the University of Hong Kong, her work on modernism and colonial urban culture has been published in journals including Modern Fiction Studies, Textual Practice, Novel, Journal of Postcolonial Writing and Interventions.
'A welcome antidote to the myths of progress that have long persuaded us to like modernity more than we should.' Beci Carver, Times Literary Supplement