E. M. Forster and the Neo-nostalgic Home
This chapter turns from the model communities discussed in the previous chapter to the individual country dwelling, analyzing a cluster of efforts to unite modern commercial ventures to the production of the “authentic” home. The chapter explores new developments in domestic architecture (most notably in the homes designed by the architect Edwin Lutyens), the launch of the Daily Mail’s Ideal Home Exhibition, and E. M. Forster’s contradictory approaches to authentic country dwellings in Howards End. Promoting the “neo-nostalgic home” became central to literary and commercial efforts to market and manipulate time. All these efforts-though in different arenas-imagined new ways that commercial ventures might sustain nostalgic visions within the individual dwelling, and considered together, they reveal how the idea of “home” was suddenly not a given or fixed quality but something that could be deliberately and carefully constructed.
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