ISBN-10:
0754666468
ISBN-13:
9780754666462
Pub. Date:
05/01/2011
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Modernist Short Fiction by Women-The Liminal in Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair and Virginia Woolf / Edition 1

Modernist Short Fiction by Women-The Liminal in Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair and Virginia Woolf / Edition 1

by Claire DreweryClaire Drewery

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Overview

Taking on the neglected issue of the short story's relationship to literary Modernism, Claire Drewery examines works by Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair, and Virginia Woolf. Drewery argues that the short story as a genre is preoccupied with transgressing boundaries, and thus offers an ideal platform from which to examine the Modernist fascination with the liminal. Embodying both liberation and restriction, liminal spaces on the one hand enable challenges to traditional cultural and personal identities, while on the other hand they entail the inevitable negative consequences of occupying the position of the outsider: marginality, psychosis, and death. Mansfield, Richardson, Sinclair, and Woolf all exploit this paradox in their short fiction, which typically explores literal and psychological borderline states that are resistant to rational analysis. Thus, their short stories offered these authors an opportunity to represent the borders of unconsciousness and to articulate meaning while also conveying a sense of that which is unsayable. Through their concern with liminality, Drewery shows, these writers contribute significantly to the Modernist aesthetic that interrogates identity, the construction of the self, and the relationship between the individual and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754666462
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Claire Drewery is a Lecturer in English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: the liminal aesthetic in the modernist short story; 'The journey not the arrival': pilgrimage as a modernist liminal metaphor; Beyond the rite of passage: 'impossible' mourning as an aesthetic of disunity; The death of the other: dying, mortality, and the textual body; The modernist uncanny tradition: mysticism, metaphysics and the psychological; The 'inner life' as liminal discourse; Out of the ordinary: the revelatory moment as a liminal space; Works cited; Index.

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