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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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Liminal Moments, Uncanny Spaces: Sassoon’s Autobiography and the Modern Subject

Liminal Moments, Uncanny Spaces: Sassoon’s Autobiography and the Modern Subject

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(p.127) 7 Liminal Moments, Uncanny Spaces: Sassoon’s Autobiography and the Modern Subject
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Modern Nostalgia
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Robert Hemmings

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633067.003.0008

This chapter discusses the crucial points in Sassoon’s autobiographical project. Here, Sassoon physically returns to certain sites of his past, which result in tropes of longing and provoke the collisions between past and present selves. The chapter demonstrates that there is a spatial and temporal gap between the cusp of each of these collisions, or a liminal moment of increased autognostic perception, and concludes that they are revelatory and representative of modern – and modernist – anxieties about nostalgia, subjectivity and trauma.

Keywords:   autobiographical project, tropes of longing, collisions, liminal moment, autognostic perception, modernist anxieties

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