Recently, Elizabeth Bowen has been recognised as being as radically important to our understanding of twentieth-century literature as Samuel Beckett and she is now considered among the most highly significant writers of the twentieth century. This critical collection of essays devoted solely to Bowen’s work and it is intended to broaden the critical framework of Bowen scholarship and to extend Bowen criticism by more clearly mapping her works’ position in relation to contemporary critical concerns and its location in relation to twentieth-century literature generally.
Edited by Susan Osborn who is a critic, novelist, and poet and lectures in the Department of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Combining close textual analysis with theoretically informed readings, in this groundbreaking collection, this group of leading international scholars explores how Bowen’s disruptive and deeply unconventional narratives encourage us to read her as one of the most innovative writers of modern fiction, a true progenitor of modernism.
1. Unstable compounds: Bowen's Beckettian affinities - Sinéad Mooney
2. How to measure this unaccountable darkness between the trees: the strange relation of style and meaning in The Last September - Susan Osborn
3. Dead letters and living things: historical ethics in The House in Parisand The Death of the Heart - Eluned Summers-Bremner
4. Mumbo-jumbo: the haunted world of The Little Girls - June Sturrock
5. She-ward bound: Elizabeth Bowen as a sensationalist writer - Shannon Wells-Lassagne
6. Territory, space, modernity: Elizabeth Bowen's The Demon Lover and Other Stories and wartime London - Shafquat Towheed
7. Narrative, meaning and agency in The Heat of the Day - Brook Miller, with Luke Elward, TessaHempel and Philip Kollar