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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English$
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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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1925, London, New York, Paris: Metropolitan Modernisms — Parallax and Palimpsest

1925, London, New York, Paris: Metropolitan Modernisms — Parallax and Palimpsest

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(p.61) Chapter 5 1925, London, New York, Paris: Metropolitan Modernisms — Parallax and Palimpsest
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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English
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Jane Goldma

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0006

This chapter studies the concepts of parallax and palimpsest in Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway and Hilda Doolittle's Palimpsest, first describing the cultural and political unrest in 1910, and looking at the qualities of modernist writing that are presented in an essay by Woolf. It then examines the avant-garde novel, before finally discussing the parallactic narrative, showing that while parallaxis cuts between different texts, histories and realities, palimpsest overwrites them.

Keywords:   parallax, palimpsest, 1910 unrest, modernist writing, avant-garde novel, parallactic narrative, parallaxis

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