1st Edition

Excavating Modernity Physical, Temporal and Psychological Strata in Literature, 1900-1930

Edited By Eleanor Dobson, Gemma Banks Copyright 2019
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book scrutinizes physical, temporal and psychological strata across early twentieth-century literature, focusing on geological and archaeological tropes and conceptions of the stratified psyche. The essays explore psychological perceptions, from practices of envisioning that mimic looking at a painting, photograph or projected light, to the comprehension of the palimpsestic complexities of language, memory and time. This collection is the first to see early twentieth-century physical, temporal and psychological strata interact across a range of canonical and popular authors, working in a variety of genres, from theatre to ghost stories, children’s literature to modernist magna opera.

    Introduction  Eleanor Dobson and Gemma Banks  1. Excavating the Psyche as Constructed by Pre-Freudian Pioneers  George M. Johnson  2. "As a Burnt Circle": Thomas Hardy’s Visible Voices  Holly Corfield Carr  3. The Dead City: Eleonora Duse and the Archaeology of the Soul  Maria Pia Pagani  4. Excavating Children: Archaeological Imagination and Time Slip in the Early 1900s  Virginia Zimmerman  5. The Sphinx at the Séance: Literature, Spiritualism and Psycho-Archaeology  Eleanor Dobson  6. The "Carefully-Constructed Screen": Phantasmagorical Strata in the Ghost Stories of M.R. James  Craig Wallace  7. Vernon Lee: Excavating The Spirit of Rome  Sally Blackburn  8. Mind Strata: Layers of Consciousness in James Joyce’s Ulysses  Annalisa Federici  9. Husserl’s Theory of Image Consciousness and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse  Xavier Le Brun


    Eleanor Dobson is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Birmingham.

    Gemma Banks is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Birmingham.