Narcissism and Autognosis: Sassoon, 1936–42

Robert Hemmings

in Modern Nostalgia

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633067
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651887 | DOI:
Narcissism and Autognosis: Sassoon, 1936–42

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This chapter investigates the obvious presence of narcissism and nostalgia in Sassoon’s works, which two concepts have psychological and literary roots, and can present tropes that shed some light on Sassoon’s autobiographical project. It notes the three autobiographical prose volumes that Sassoon published between the mid-1930s and mid-1940s, determining that his personal withdrawal shows some important discursive practices with his contemporaries and literary tradition.

Keywords: narcissism; nostalgia; psychological roots; literary roots; autobiographical project; autobiographical prose volumes; personal withdrawal; discursive practices; literary tradition; contemporaries

Chapter.  7160 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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