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Narrativizing Characters in Mrs. Dalloway
September 22, 2012... "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself" (3). As famous as this opening line of Mrs. Dalloway is, it remains ambiguous. Does Mrs. Dalloway speak these words, whether silently or aloud, to herself or to another present on the scene, most likely Lucy? Or is this instance of free...
The Russian Soul Englished
September 22, 2012... BLOOMSBURY AND "SOUL" In 1945, a London Brains Trust Broadcast located the influence of Russian on English literature primarily in the fact that Russian literature had made it respectable to write about the soul. Lovat Dickson, publisher and editor, claimed: We owe Russia thanks for the...
"Living in Two Tenses": The Intimate Archives of Sylvia Townsend Warner
September 22, 2012... In a letter written on April 13, 1970, three years after the publication of her biography of T.H. White and just five months after the death of Valentine Ackland, her partner for nearly forty years, Sylvia Townsend Warner told William Maxwell that she had "begun to write again": No, not a...
Keeping the Reader in the House: American Minimalism, Literary Impressionism, and Raymond Carver's "Cathedral"
September 22, 2012... In a recent interview, Anne Beattie is asked how she felt about being "classed as a minimalist." She begins her response by saying that "none of us have ever known what that means" and then mentions Raymond Carver's distaste for the term. Despite her initial hesitancy to expound, however,...
A Simultaneous Gesture of Proximity and Distance: W.G. Sebald's Empathic Narrative Persona
September 22, 2012... Near the beginning of W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz (2001), the narrator describes his visit, in 1967, to the historic fortress of Breendonk in Belgium, which was used by the German occupying forces during World War II as an internment camp. Walking through the grounds, he passes through an area...