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

Max Saunders

in Self Impression

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579761
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722882 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0007
Literary Impressionism and Impressionist Autobiographies: Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Ford Madox Ford

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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

Chapter.  14391 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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