The Shadow Across the Page
By (author) Maud Ellmann
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Elizabeth Bowen by Maud Ellmann
Book DescriptionWinner of the Rose Mary Crawshay Award for 2004 Shortlisted for the 2004 British Academy Book Prize Elizabeth Bowen is one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. She is also one of the strangest. In this authoritative introduction to her life and work, Maud Ellmann teases out Bowen's strangeness through close readings informed by historical, psychoanalytic, and deconstructive methods of interpretation. She contextualises Bowen's work in the Irish and modernist traditions to investigate connections between her life and writing; her conflicts and complicities with other Irish, British, and European writers; her negotiations with contemporary history, and with the long decline of the Anglo-Irish Protestant ascendancy; her peculiar take on gender and sexuality; her hallucinatory treatment of objects, particularly furniture and telephones; and the surprising ways in which her writing pre-empts and in some cases confounds the literary theories brought to bear upon it. Features: *Maud Ellmann is a distinguished critic who writes with great elegance and critical insight. *Provides a lucid demonstration of psychoanalytic modes of reading and an enriched understanding of Bowen's life and times. *Provides original readings of all the main novels and short stories. *Identifies the key motifs associated with Bowen's strange fiction, for example, her preoccupation with houses and furniture. *Suitable background reading not only for those interested in twentieth-century fiction and women's writing, but for the literary critic, theorist and historian.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748617036
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Maud Ellmann
Poetics of Impersonality, Paperback (September 2013)
Examines T S Eliot's and Ezra Pound's criticism in terms of what the author calls the 'poetics of impersonality'. In this title, she shows that Eliot's and Pound's attempts to overcome personality merely reinstated it in a new guise.
Nets of Modernism, Paperback (September 2010)
An important contribution to literary criticism by one of the foremost modernist scholars working today, first published in 2010.
To the Lighthouse, Paperback (December 2004)» View all books by Maud Ellmann
'To the Lighthouse' was Virginia Woolf's fifth novel, and was the first book to win her a large public. The story of an English middle class family in the years leading up to the First World War, it has remained the most popular of all her works.
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Author Biography - Maud Ellmann
Maud Ellmann is Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English at the University of Chicago. Her books include The Poetics of Impersonality: T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing, and Imprisonment, and Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism. She has also published widely on modern literature and literary theory, feminism, and deconstruction.
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