By Lara Feigel
Literature, Cinema, and Politics, 1930-1945 is a detailed study of the relationship between politics, literature, and cinema in the 1930s, tracing the unfolding narrative between 1920s cinematic modernism and postwar cinematic neorealism.
The volume explores the rise and fall of a distinct genre of politically committed cinematic literature, which merged high literature with popular narrative and film. It discusses working-class communist novelists and the Auden generation; examines avant-garde Soviet and German Expressionist cinema alongside John Grierson's British documentary movement; and takes a close look at popular British cinema of the 1930s and 1940s. Throughout the book interrogates the genre it simultaneously maps, drawing on cultural theories from the 1920s on to investigate the vibrant crossover between cinema and literature.