I take it that, when thinking through notions of literature and history
in the Thirties, and of the Thirties text in history, it is essential to look
at the ways in which the text has become established within historical
narratives of the Thirties, as well as the relationship to history which
the text seeks to establish for itself. For the two seem curiously interwoven
in the subsequent formulations of the distinctiveness of the
period, whereby claims made in the Thirties find their absolute echoes
in later narratives of its ideas and patternings.