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Dorothy Richardson's art of memory : space, identity, text /
Elisabeth Bronfen ; translated by Victoria Appelbe.
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 1999.
ix, 254 p.
0719048087 hardback
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Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 1999.
0719048087 hardback
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor in the English Department of Zurich University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-01-01:
Thanks to the author's use of basic stream-of-consciousness technique to develop her protagonist, Richardson's novel cycle Pilgrimage (1938) provides more detail than any other modern novel with the possible exception of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. Pilgrimage has been largely ignored by general readers and critics alike, and Bronfen (Zurich Univ.) aims to rescue the novel "from oblivion" and establish it "primarily as a voice of feminine modernism" by studying its overlooked philosophical background. To accomplish this, Bronfen develops her thesis from three points of view: "the localities inhabited by the protagonist," "the tectonic principle underlying epistemology," and "the analogy between space and text." Thoroughly grounded in philosophy (as the nine-page bibliography and 300 notes attest), this study challenges the reader "to reshape read text and by virtue of such recreation make it meaningful to himself or herself." A short appendix provides a useful discussion of the critical literature on Richardson and quotes from such writers as May Sinclair, Robert Humphrey, Leslie Fiedler, and Leon Edel. Of primary value to graduate students, faculty, and researchers. W. B. Warde Jr.; University of North Texas
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Main Description
Dorothy Richardson's novel cyclePilgrimage, completed in 1938, continues to be marginalized despite the fact that in the past decade several monographs and many articles addressing the issues of gender, genre and modernism have been published. Her work has been recuperated from oblivion primarily as a voice of feminine modernism, but the philosophical underpinnings are still overlooked. Mapping this early modernist text against our postmodern interest in real and imagined geographies, Bronfen addresses the question of how identity is formed as a result of corporeal and cultural positioning. The first part of the book explores concrete spaces and how these are psychically encoded; the second part analyzes Richardson's use of spatial metaphor; and the third part presentsPilgrimageitself as a narrative tapestry.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Note on the textp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Actual, material spaces
Locations of passage and habitationp. 10
The spirit of the placep. 31
Three modes of emplacementp. 47
In search of lost spacep. 72
Metaphorical spaces
World-making as a cognitive processp. 112
The spatiality of psychic statesp. 173
Textual space - spatial textuality
The space of literaturep. 196
When the tapestry hangs complete: March Moonlightp. 209
Critical literature on Dorothy Richardsonp. 221
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 248
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