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Liminal Moments, Uncanny Spaces: Sassoon’s Autobiography and the Modern Subject

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633067.003.0008
Liminal Moments, Uncanny Spaces: Sassoon’s Autobiography and the Modern Subject

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This chapter discusses the crucial points in Sassoon’s autobiographical project. Here, Sassoon physically returns to certain sites of his past, which result in tropes of longing and provoke the collisions between past and present selves. The chapter demonstrates that there is a spatial and temporal gap between the cusp of each of these collisions, or a liminal moment of increased autognostic perception, and concludes that they are revelatory and representative of modern – and modernist – anxieties about nostalgia, subjectivity and trauma.

Keywords: autobiographical project; tropes of longing; collisions; liminal moment; autognostic perception; modernist anxieties

Chapter.  9012 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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