Excavating Modernity: Physical, Temporal and Psychological Strata in Literature, 1900-1930, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Excavating Modernity

Physical, Temporal and Psychological Strata in Literature, 1900-1930, 1st Edition

Edited by Eleanor Dobson, Gemma Banks


182 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


[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]

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Studies for the International Society for Cultural History

In both research and teaching, the study of cultural history is burgeoning, with a variety of interpretations of culture cross-fertilizing between disciplines – history, critical theory, literature and media, anthropology and ethnology, and many more. This series focuses on the study of conceptual, affective and imaginative worlds of the past, and sees culture as encompassing both textual production and social practice. It seeks to highlight historical and cultural processes of meaning-making and explore the ways in which people of the past made sense of their world.

Submissions are invited from established scholars and first-time authors alike. Prospective authors should send a detailed proposal with a rationale, chapter outlines and at least two sample chapters alongside a brief author’s biography and an anticipated submission date to:

Howard Chiang: hhchiang @ ucdavis.edu

Christopher E Forth: cforth @ ku.edu

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Civilization