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  • adj. Of or relating to E. M. Forster (1879–1970), English writer known for ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society.

Etymologies

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Forster +‎ -ian

Examples

  • Above all, he uses the school, whose tutors include a Russian-Jewish emigre, a sensitive Forsterian aesthete and a down-to-earth Aussie, to capture the cosmopolitan confusion of postwar Europe.

    Lingua Franca

  • Here, Eileen Joy picks up on my Forsterian theme, suggesting that scholarly work at its very best is always a process of collaboration.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • This kind of interaction often encourages imaginative juxtapositions in what I call a “Forsterian” scholarship, drawing on the epigraph to the E.M. Forster novel Howards End. Our work is to “only connect”: to connect ideas, people, cultures and texts in a network that might, in the end, be best described not only as human but also as humane:

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • In my oddly Forsterian approach to scholarship then, perhaps compassion is not only possible but necessary to forge the connection with the past that allows one to bear witness to something other than "a personal life" -- to avoid the end Rich (fore) saw to such self-concern:

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • Isherwood tried dressing up his desertion in a lot of Forsterian finery (is it really braver to betray one's country than one's friend?), but he eventually admitted the irresponsibility of his having left.

    Darling Me

  • Smith’s earlier books may have suggested that her commitment to this novelistic doctrine was merely formal (in White Teeth, for instance, the Forsterian injunction “only connect” is recast as a post-colonial, multicultural platitude); but On Beauty follows Forster’s example by allowing its characters to fail at knowing themselves - and others.

    Book Reviewing

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