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1925, London, New York, Paris: Metropolitan Modernisms — Parallax and Palimpsest

Jane Goldma

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0006
1925, London, New York, Paris: Metropolitan Modernisms — Parallax and Palimpsest

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This chapter studies the concepts of parallax and palimpsest in Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway and Hilda Doolittle's Palimpsest, first describing the cultural and political unrest in 1910, and looking at the qualities of modernist writing that are presented in an essay by Woolf. It then examines the avant-garde novel, before finally discussing the parallactic narrative, showing that while parallaxis cuts between different texts, histories and realities, palimpsest overwrites them.

Keywords: parallax; palimpsest; 1910 unrest; modernist writing; avant-garde novel; parallactic narrative; parallaxis

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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