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Revenants and Migrants: Hardy, Butler, Woolf and Sebald

Gillian Beer

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263242
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.003.0008

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Revenants and Migrants: Hardy, Butler, Woolf and Sebald

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This lecture discusses how far during the twentieth-century writers have trusted memory as good. It compares the longing mistrust of Hardy's poem ‘The Voice’ with the serene re-embodiment of Mrs. Ramsey appearing to the artist Lily in To the Lighthouse. The lecture also discusses the concept of revenants and tries to answer the question of what will happen when migration becomes a common experience, without the likelihood of return.

Keywords: twentieth-century writers; memory; The Voice; To the Lighthouse; revenants; migration; common experience

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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