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Dorothy Richardson's 'Art of Memory' : Space, Identity, Text - Elisabeth Bronfen

Dorothy Richardson's 'Art of Memory'

Space, Identity, Text

Paperback Published: 4th January 2011
ISBN: 9780719083266
Number Of Pages: 272

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Dorothy Richardson's novel cycle Pilgrimage, completed in 1938, continues to be marginalised despite the fact that in the past decade several monographs and many articles addressing the issues of gender, genre and modernism have been published. Her work has been recuperated from oblivion primarily as a voice of feminine modernism, but the philosophical underpinnings are still overlooked. Mapping this early modernist text against our postmodern interest in real and imagined geographies, Bronfen addresses the question of how identity is formed as a result of corporeal and cultural positioning.

The book is divided into three parts, each concerned with one aspect of subject formation and location. The first part explores concrete spaces and how these are psychically encoded and how they produce a sequence of sites that ultimately allow the protagonist, Miriam, to construct a coherent story about her own development as a writer. The second part analyses Richardson's use of spatial metaphor: where boundaries between herself and communities she would like to belong to, but ultimately rejects, are repeatedly drawn. Bronfen also explores Richardson's key narrative techniques of the use of spatial tropes involving creativity, textualisation, communication and sexuality. In the final part, Pilgrimage itself is presented as a textual space, a narrative tapestry where the juxtaposition of events is given preference over narrative temporal sequence.

Introduction Part I Actual Material Spaces 1. Locations of passage and habitation 2. The spirit of the place 3. Three modes of emplacement: Absorption in space, movement through space, contemplation space 4. In search of lost space Part II Metaphorical spaces 5. World-making as a cognitive process 6. The spatiality of psychic states Part III Textual Space - Spatial Textuality 7. The space of literature 8. When the tapestry hangs complete: March Moonlight Appendix: Critical literature on Dorothy Richardson Bibliography -- .

ISBN: 9780719083266
ISBN-10: 0719083265
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 4th January 2011
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39