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Literary Impressionism and Modernist Aesthetics

Literary Impressionism and Modernist Aesthetics

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Acknowledgments; Introduction: Proust's deathless analogy; 1. Impressions of modernity; 2. Pater's homoerotic impression; 3. The woman of genius; 4. The distant labourer; 5. Woolf's phenomenological impression; 6. Three Impressionist allegories; Conclusion: Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Bell; Notes; Index.
Jesse Matz examines the writing of such modernists as Henry James, Joseph Conrad and Virginia Woolf, who used the word 'impression' to describe what they wanted their fiction to present. Matz redefines literary Impressionism, focusing on the way that impressions destroy standard perceptual distinctions between thinking and sensing, believing and suspecting. He argues that these writers favoured not immediate subjective sense, but rather a mode that would mediate perceptual distinctions. Just as impressions fall somewhere between thought and sense, Impressionist fiction occupies the middle ground between opposite ways of engaging with the world. Matz also argues that the resulting confusion becomes a basic plot feature of modernist fiction. This wide-ranging study addresses the problems of perception and representation that occupied writers in the early decades of the twentieth century.

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Autor: Jesse Matz
ISBN-13: 9780521033015
ISBN: 0521033012
Einband: Taschenbuch
Seiten: 292
Gewicht: 431 g
Format: 229x152x17 mm
Sprache: Englisch
Autor: Jesse Matz
Jesse Matz is assistant professor of English at Harvard University.

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Autor: Jesse Matz
ISBN-13:: 9780521033015
ISBN: 0521033012
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.01.2007
Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Gewicht: 431g
Seiten: 292
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 229x152x17 mm