Backgazing: Reverse time in Modernist culture by Paul Giles

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December 2019, no. 417
Philip Mead reviews 'Backgazing: Reverse time in Modernist culture' by Paul Giles

Backgazing: Reverse time in Modernist culture

by Paul Giles

Oxford University Press, $125.99 hb, 336 pp, 9780198830443

Backgazing: Reverse time in Modernist culture by Paul Giles

Reviewed by
December 2019, no. 417

Paul Giles is a critic for whom it is important where he lives, although not so much in terms of location as of literary and imaginative perspectives. He began as an Americanist literary scholar, in voluntary exile from the United Kingdom, where he was trained, writing about the global remapping of American literature and, more recently, having moved to Australia, about Australasia’s constitution of American literature. He likes redrawing the critical maps of literary study, but also following the reverse and inverted orbits of writers themselves. Part of this impulse includes rethinking the hemispheres. Giles’s book about Australasia and US literature, for example, was titled Antipodean America (ABR, August 2014). If it wasn’t too much of a mouthful, you’d say he was a serial re-territorialiser.

Philip Mead reviews 'Backgazing: Reverse time in Modernist culture' by Paul Giles

Backgazing: Reverse time in Modernist culture

by Paul Giles

Oxford University Press, $125.99 hb, 336 pp, 9780198830443

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