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Ghosts inside the ‘Island Fortress’

Patrick Deer

in Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire, and Modern British Literature

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199239887
eISBN:
9780191716782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239887.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 4 examines wartime writers' challenges to official projections of an “island fortress” under siege at the heart of a loyal, but distant empire. During a wartime revival of popular ... More


How to Be Yourself – But Not Eccentric: Clothes, Style and Self in Bowen’s Short Fiction

Aimee Gasston

in Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

If Bowen can be said to ‘indulge’ and ‘antagonize […] modernist theory and practice’ (Hunter 113), a key question is whether it was her extra-experimentalism that ensured her sidelining from the ... More


War Gothic

Thomas S. Davis

in The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231169424
eISBN:
9780231537889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169424.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines ways late modernists modulated the gothic in order to render the insecurity pervading everyday life in wartime Britain.


Postscript. ‘The Ladies' Road’: Women Novelists 1922–1940

John Wilson Foster

in Irish Novels 1890-1940: New Bearings in Culture and Fiction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232833
eISBN:
9780191716454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232833.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This postscript focuses on publications by women novelists between 1922 and 1940. The impact of the turbulent period between the end of constitutionally British Ireland and the inauguration of the ... More


Elizabeth Bowen and the Pleasure of the Text

Jessica Gildersleeve

in Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter recognises that while several authors in the extant criticism have used various lenses of critical theory through which to analyse Bowen’s work, a case for Bowen as a theorist herself ... More


Bowen’s Recesses: From Realism to Inter-Objectivity

Laurie Johnson

in Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter re-orients consideration of realist elements in Bowen’s short stories by framing readings according to a series of ‘recesses.’ The first is as a building feature designed to conceal and ... More


Elizabeth Bowen on the Telephone

Andrew Bennett

in Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter proposes that telephones are critical in the plotting of most of Bowen’s novels, as well as in some of her stories. Bowen’s plots are often organized around the telephone and around ... More


Elizabeth Bowen: Surrealist

Keri Walsh

in Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter approaches the emerging notion of Irish surrealism in a seemingly unlikely corner: Bowen’s fiction. Seldom considered in the context of a modernist avant-garde, Bowen's work has been ... More


Tender Ties: Elizabeth Bowen and Habit

Ulrika Maude

in Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter compares Bowen’s depictions of habit to contemporary psychological discourses and its presentation in other works (by, for example, Samuel Beckett), The significance of objects, places ... More


‘One Is Somehow Suspended’: Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Mansfield and the Spaces in Between

Emma Short

in Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter compares Bowen to Katherine Mansfield. Neither English nor Irish, but a hybrid of both, Bowen, like Mansfield, does not belong to one country, existing instead in an unstable, liminal ... More


‘Creatures of an Impossible Time’: Late Modernism, Human Rights and Elizabeth Bowen

Lyndsey Stonebridge

in The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremberg

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748642359
eISBN:
9780748652150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642359.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Unlike Rebecca West or Hannah Arendt, Elizabeth Bowen was not a political journalist; nor did she ever aspire to be. She once described the taking up of the position of the ‘psychologically displaced ... More


‘How Much of Nothing There Was’: Trying (Not) to Understand Elizabeth Bowen

Damian Tarnopolsky

in Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter notes that one of the strangest aspects of Bowen’s novels of the 1930s and 1940s is the prevalence of nothing in these texts. Examples range from sentences including double or triple ... More


Ferocious Beauty: Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Anne Porter and the Modernist Female Dandy

Ellen Crowell

in The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction: Aristocratic Drag

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625482
eISBN:
9780748652051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625482.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that dandyism is not exclusively masculine, because the dandy figure can also illuminate how feminine artifice is called upon to project the illusion of cultural hegemony. It ... More


Obnoxiousness and Elizabeth Bowen’s Queer Adolescents

renée c. hoogland

in Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter addresses Bowen’s obnoxious adolescents, arguing that she brings together the operations of language and the critical function of affect in questions of meaning and being, and connects ... More


‘Some Really Raging Peculiarity’: Female Fetishism in The Little Girls

Patricia Juliana Smith

in Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter shows that many of Bowen’s female characters have curious relationships with inanimate objects, endowing them with special powers or personal attributes. The pattern of these relations, ... More


Veerer: Where Ghosts Live

Nicholas Royle

in Veering: A Theory of Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748636549
eISBN:
9780748652303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636549.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the question of where ghosts live through an engagement with the writings of Elizabeth Bowen, Raymond Williams and a few others. Ghosts pass so quickly. Veerer is in the house ... More


Trials and Errors: The Heat of the Day and Postwar Culpability

Allan Hepburn

in Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635092
eISBN:
9780748651924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635092.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day against the backdrop of her postwar travels in East Europe, and also introduces the concept of the ‘intermodern narrative mode of the ... More


‘No one is safe from the beggar’s pack’: Portability and Precarity

Emily Ridge

in Portable Modernisms: The Art of Travelling Light

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474419598
eISBN:
9781474434621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419598.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapter 3 traces the progressive alignment of portability with precarity from the late 1920s to the 1940s against a backdrop of political instability. The unfolding crisis of mass displacement across ... More


Elizabeth Bowen’s Junk Mail

Joseph Elkanah Rosenberg

in Wastepaper Modernism: Twentieth-Century Fiction and the Ruins of Print

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198852445
eISBN:
9780191886904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852445.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In Elizabeth Bowen’s The Death of the Heart (1938), the novel’s victimized, orphan-heroine Portia is said to cherish a “wretched little escritoire” stuffed full, as if it “were a bin,” with junk ... More


Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things

Jessica Gildersleeve and Patricia Juliana Smith (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474458641
eISBN:
9781474477147
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This collection examines Bowen’s contribution to and place in twentieth-century literature through a re-evaluation of the ways her work can be seen as textually, politically, and theoretically ‘new’ ... More


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