“The Typical Man of This Period”: Ford’s Depression

  • Adam Parkes
  • August 2011, Oxford University Press (OUP)
  • DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383812.003.0006

Ford Madox Ford's 1930s fiction

What is it about?

This chapter reads Ford's 1930s novels The Rash Act and Henry for Hugh as hitherto unappreciated literary engagements with the Great Depression and the crises of history and identity it entailed. Interpreted as instances of a late impressionism, these books constitute literary impressionism's moment of ironic self-reflection.

Why is it important?

Offers readings of two novels by Ford that are rarely considered outside extended single-author studies. Relates those novels to impressionism and modernism. Considers Ford in the context of the Depression.

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