E.M. Forster

BookE.M. Forster

E.M. Forster

Writers and Their Work


December 1st, 1999

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Nicholas Royle presents a new Forster – one that has emerged from the posthumous publication of his explicitly homosexual fiction (since 1971) and from new critical attention to issues of language and textuality, Englishness and national identity, colonialism and postcolonialism, gender and queer theory. Royle provides detailed readings of all Forster’s novels, as well as of critical writings such as his Aspects of the Novel. He explores the idea that Forster wrote not one, but six queer novels. Indeed, contrary to what may seem critical commonsense, this study proposes that Maurice is in some respects Forster’s least queer book. All of his novels, however, are charged with a powerful eroticism and evoke a constant fascination with the generative peculiarities of words themselves. Focusing on such topics as the unforeseeable and the uncanny, deferred meaning and telepathy, Royle argues that Forster’s work is stranger, more complex and compelling than earlier accounts may have suggested.


Author Information

Nicholas Royle is Professor of English at the University of Sussex and was formerly Associate Professor at the University of Tampere in Finland. He is the author of Telepathy and Literature (1991) and After Derrida (1995), and co-author (with Andrew Bennett) of Elizabeth Bowen and the Dissolution of the Novel (1995) and An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (1995). He is Joint Editor of the Oxford Literary Review.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Biographical Outline10
Abbreviations and References11
1 Introduction: ‘How can I tell what I think...?’12
2 Like a hand laid over the mouth: Where Angels Fear to Tread18
3 Broken up: The Longest Journey31
4 Slip: A Room with a View45
5 Posthumous bustle: Howards End57
6 Tugging: Maurice71
7 Telepathy: A Passage to India83
Select Bibliography105