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Self ImpressionLife-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature$
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Max Saunders

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.001.0001

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Literary Impressionism and Impressionist Autobiographies: Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Ford Madox Ford

Literary Impressionism and Impressionist Autobiographies: Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Ford Madox Ford

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(p.260) 6 Literary Impressionism and Impressionist Autobiographies: Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Ford Madox Ford
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Self Impression
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Max Saunders (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0007

This shorter chapter is really a coda to the first half of the book, arguing that an alternative contemporary response to the disturbance in life‐writing is represented by the impressionist autobiographies of the novelists Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Ford Madox Ford. It discusses the recent rehabilitation of the concept of literary impressionism in theoretical studies of fiction. While its discussion of the impression looks back to the studies of Pater, Ruskin, and Proust, it also looks forward to the modernists discussed in Part II.

Keywords:   Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, literary impressionism, impressionist autobiography, Jesse Matz, Pater, Ruskin, Proust, Virginia Woolf, William Empson, return to yesterday, Joseph Conrad: A Personal Remembrance, forgetting, evading, distorting, Leon Edel, Zdzisław Najder, A Personal Record, the mirror of the sea

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