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Elizabeth Bowen: The Enforced Return

Neil Corcoran


This book offers a critical account of Elizabeth Bowen, a significant 20th-century Irish writer still too little known and appreciated. It considers her novels, short stories, essays, and family history, showing how her work both inherits from the Modernist movement and transforms its experimental traditions. The book explores Bowen's adaptation of Irish Protestant Gothic in relation to the Troubles of the 1920s and the Second World War, especially the London Blitz. It reads her explorations of childhood as a response both to Henry James and to the European novel of adultery. Focusing on the i ... More

Keywords: Irish writer, modernist, Protestant, war, adultery, supernatural, return, Freud, non-fictional, original

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186908
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186908.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Corcoran, author
King Alfred Professor of English at the University of Liverpool
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