Dorothy Richardson's 'Art of Memory'

Space, identity, text

By Elisabeth Bronfen

Dorothy Richardson's 'Art of Memory'

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8326-6
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.99
  • Published Date: January 2011
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: general, The Self, Ego, Identity, Personality, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, PSYCHOLOGY / General, Literary studies: general, Literature: history & criticism, Literature


Addresses the question of how identity is formed as a result of corporeal and cultural positioning, by mapping Dorothy Richardson's early modernist text, Pilgrimage, against our postmodern interest in real and imagined geographies.


Part I Actual Material Spaces
1. Locations of passage and habitation
2. The spirit of the place
3. Three modes of emplacement: Absorption in space, movement through space, contemplation space
4. In search of lost space
Part II Metaphorical spaces
5. World-making as a cognitive process
6. The spatiality of psychic states
Part III Textual Space - Spatial Textuality
7. The space of literature
8. When the tapestry hangs complete: March Moonlight
Appendix: Critical literature on Dorothy Richardson


Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor at the English Department of Zurich University

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