Open Book: Creative Misreading in the Works of Selected Modern Writers

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The Open Book is a provocative study of literary influence at work in English writing from Hardy to Woolf. Jensen reimagines the links between text and context as she endeavors to historicize literary influence, by taking Bloomian "anxiety" and Kristevan "intertextuality" into fields of actual history and biography. Jensen both borrows from and deconstructs the ideas of thesetheorists as she reads the texts of Hardy, Stephen, Woolf, Mansfield, andMiddleton Murry. By doing so, The Open Book offers a fresh and ...

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Overview

The Open Book is a provocative study of literary influence at work in English writing from Hardy to Woolf. Jensen reimagines the links between text and context as she endeavors to historicize literary influence, by taking Bloomian "anxiety" and Kristevan "intertextuality" into fields of actual history and biography. Jensen both borrows from and deconstructs the ideas of thesetheorists as she reads the texts of Hardy, Stephen, Woolf, Mansfield, andMiddleton Murry. By doing so, The Open Book offers a fresh and pragmatic opening onto the relation between personal, cultural and institutional history on the one hand, and literary history on the other.

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"The ideas evinced...are unusual and thought-provoking...innovative readings of some of our best-known texts"—Vanessa Curtis, Times Literary Supplement (UK)

"Margaret Jensen’s The Open Book is a rich and original study of the crosscurrents of influence at work in the construction of English writing from Hardy to Woolf. In a marvelously colloquial introduction, Jensen begins by juxtaposing today’s two dominant theories of literary relation, Harold Bloom’s ‘anxiety of influence’ and Julia Kristeva’s ‘intertextuality.’ But as Jensen begins to apply them to the texts and writers that interest her, she discovers not only their merits but also their limitations. This is a special achievement, and one that makes for rich and provocative reading." —Perry Meisel, Professor of English, New York University

"Margaret Jensen’s The Open Book is a subtle and original analysis of the complex dynamics of literary exchange. In her discussion of the network of relationships between Leslie Stephen and Thomas Hardy and their successors, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, and John Middleton Murry, Jensen beautifully demonstrates the mixture of animosity, affection, and admiration that characterized the interactions between these writers. Jensen considers both biographical and textual relationships, offering not only gripping and well-documented narratives of the group’s friendships with one another, but also innovative and exciting readings of some of their best-known texts. She traces hitherto undiscovered connections between Mansfield’s stories, Hardy’s novels and Woolf’s writing, arguing that we cannot understand the myriad ways in which authors influence one another without rereading both biography and fiction. The result is a powerful and convincing critique of the work of established theorists of influence such as Harold Bloom, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, and Julia Kristeva, but The Open Book wears its learning lightly. It is rare to find such sophisticated scholarship articulated in so lucid and elegant a voice." —Suzanne Raitt, Professor of English, The College of William and Mary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312293536
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret M. Jensen is a lecturer in 19th- and 20th-Century British Fiction at Kingston University in London. She is currently working on her first novel.

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Table of Contents

Palimpsest
• Hardy and Stephen
• Hardy, Murry, and Mansfield
• Woolf and Mansfield
• Woolf, Hardy, and Mansfield
• Woolf and Stephen
• Conclusion

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