Elizabeth Bowen: The Enforced Return

Overview

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, examining her treatment of Ireland, children, and war. Relating her work to some significant non-fictional material, he offers a view of her as a writer who returns us anew to the history of her time, and of ours.

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Overview

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, examining her treatment of Ireland, children, and war. Relating her work to some significant non-fictional material, he offers a view of her as a writer who returns us anew to the history of her time, and of ours.

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"Insightful.... [Corcoran] is eloquent throughout on two of the strongest strains in Bowen's work: her hauntedness, and what he calls 'the gift or pain or dislocation of living between Ireland and England, of being bilocated.'"—The New York Times Book Review

"Offer[s] an unobstructed view of recurring patterns of thematic, formal, stylistic, and linguistic 'return' in Bowen's work.... Corcoran constructs an impressive interpretation of the revenants, ghosts, and doubles in Bowen's writing as manifestations of the political unconscious in her texts."—Choice

Stacey D'Erasmo
The latest glimpse into Bowen's work is Neil Corcoran's insightful, slender Elizabeth Bowen: The Enforced Return. As the colon suggests, this is an academic study -- the word ''aporia'' will be used -- but Corcoran is also a fan, hooked since his teens, who speaks passionately of ''my own Elizabeth Bowen.'' A professor of English at the University of Liverpool, he is eloquent throughout on two of the strongest strains in Bowen's work: her hauntedness, and what he calls ''the gift or pain or dislocation of living between Ireland and England, of being bilocated.''
— The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198186908
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2004
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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University of Liverpool
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Ireland
1. The Ghost in the House: 'Bowen's Court' (1942) and 'The Back Drawing-Room' (1926)
2. Discovery of a Lack: 'The Last September' (1928)
3. A Gost of Style: 'A World of Love' (1955)
2. Children
1. Mother and Child: 'The House in Paris' (1935)
2. Motherless Child: 'The Death of the Heart' (1938)
3. Childless Mother: The Disfigurations of 'Eve Trout or Changing Scenes'
3. War
1. Words in the Dark: 'The Demon Lover and Other Stories'
2. War's Stories: 'The Heat of the Day' (1946) and its Contexts

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