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MFS publishes theoretically engaged and historically informed articles on modernist and contemporary fiction. The journal's substantial book review section keeps readers informed about current scholarship in the field. MFS alternates general issues with special issues focused on individual novelists or topics that challenge and expand the concept of \"modern fiction.\"
Woolf's fiction has been studied for its insight into many themes including war, shell shock, witchcraft, and the role of social class in contemporary modern British society. In the postwar Mrs Dalloway (1925), Woolf addresses the moral dilemma of war and its effects and provides an authentic voice for soldiers returning from World War I, suffering from shell shock, in the person of Septimus Smith. In A Room of One's Own (1929) Woolf equates historical accusations of witchcraft with creativity and genius among women \"When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils...then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen\". Throughout her work Woolf tried to evaluate the degree to which her privileged background framed the lens through which she viewed class. She both examined her own position as someone who would be considered an elitist snob, but attacked the class structure of Britain as she found it. In her 1936 essay Am I a Snob, she examined her values and those of the privileged circle she existed in. She concluded she was, and subsequent critics and supporters have tried to deal with the dilemma of being both elite and a social critic.
In making any survey, even the freest and loosest, of modern fiction itis difficult not to take it for granted that the modern practice of theart is somehow an improvement upon the old. With their simple tools andprimitive materials, it might be said. Fielding did well and Jane Austeneven better, but compare their opportunities with ours! Theirmasterpieces certainly have a strange air of simplicity. And yet theanalogy between literature and the process, to choose an example, ofmaking motor cars scarcely holds good beyond the first glance. It isdoubtful whether in the course of the centuries, though we have learntmuch about making machines, we have learnt anything about makingliterature. We do not come to write better; all that we can be said todo is to keep moving, now a little in this direction, now in that, butwith a circular tendency should the whole course of the track be viewedfrom a sufficiently lofty pinnacle. It need scarcely be said that wemake no claim to stand, even momentarily, upon that vantage ground. Onthe flat, in the crowd, half blind with dust, we look back with envy tothose happier warriors, whose battle is won and whose achievements wearso serene an air of accomplishment that we can scarcely refrain fromwhispering that the fight was not so fierce for them as for us. It isfor the historian of literature to decide; for him to say if we are nowbeginning or ending or standing in the middle of a great period of prosefiction, for down in the plain little is visible. We only know thatcertain gratitudes and hostilities inspire us; that certain paths seemto lead to fertile land, others to the dust and the desert; and of thisperhaps it may be worth while to attempt some account. 153554b96e