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Elizabeth Bowen : the enforced return

Author: Neil Corcoran
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Neil Corcoran presents here a study of Elizabeth Bowen's novels, short stories, family history, and essays, and shows that her work both inherits from the Modernist movement and transforms its experimental traditions." "Elizabeth Bowen: The Enforced Return explores how she adapts Irish Protestant Gothic as a means of interpreting Irish experience during the Troubles of the 1920s and the Second World War, and also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Elizabeth Bowen; Elizabeth Bowen; Elizabeth Bowen; Elizabeth Bowen
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Corcoran
ISBN: 0198186908 9780198186908
OCLC Number: 56649298
Description: 211 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. Writing : the enforced return --
The ghost in the house : Bowen's court (1942) and 'The back drawing-room' (1926) --
Discovery of a lack : The last September (1928) --
A ghost of style : A world of love (1955) --
Mother and child : The house in Paris (1935) --
Motherless child : The death of the heart (1938) --
Childless mother : the disfigurations of Eva Trout or changing scenes (1968) --
Words in the dark : The demon lover and other stories (1945) --
War's stories : The heat of the day (1946) and its contexts.
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'Elizabeth Bowen: The Enforced Return' offers an imaginative new reading of the work of a writer still too little known. Neil Corcoran considers the theme of 'return' in her work in various senses,  Read more...

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...Corcoran's investigation of largely unplumbed sources, such as Bowen's wartime bulletins to Churchill from Ireland and the diary of her lover Charles Ritchie, are pertinent and illuminating. Lucy Read more...

 
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