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Modern NostalgiaSiegfried Sassoon, Trauma and the Second World War$
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Robert Hemmings

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633067

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633067.001.0001

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Narcissism and Autognosis: Sassoon, 1936–42

Narcissism and Autognosis: Sassoon, 1936–42

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(p.112) 6 Narcissism and Autognosis: Sassoon, 1936–42
Source:
Modern Nostalgia
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Robert Hemmings

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633067.003.0007

This chapter investigates the obvious presence of narcissism and nostalgia in Sassoon’s works, which two concepts have psychological and literary roots, and can present tropes that shed some light on Sassoon’s autobiographical project. It notes the three autobiographical prose volumes that Sassoon published between the mid-1930s and mid-1940s, determining that his personal withdrawal shows some important discursive practices with his contemporaries and literary tradition.

Keywords:   narcissism, nostalgia, psychological roots, literary roots, autobiographical project, autobiographical prose volumes, personal withdrawal, discursive practices, literary tradition, contemporaries

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