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Elizabeth BowenTheory, Thought and Things$
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Jessica Gildersleeve and Patricia Juliana Smith

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474458641

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458641.001.0001

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Introduction: Thinking in/about Bowen

Introduction: Thinking in/about Bowen

(p.1) Introduction: Thinking in/about Bowen
(p.iii) Elizabeth Bowen

Jessica Gildersleeve

Patricia Juliana Smith

Edinburgh University Press

Elizabeth Bowen’s first short story, ‘Breakfast’ (1923), begins with a thought: ‘“Behold, I die daily,” thought Mr Rossiter, entering the breakfast-room.’1 It is a story primarily structured by thought: Mr Rossiter says very little, and the reader is privy to his reflections on the odious people with whom he must daily share his morning meal. The emphasis on consciousness and subjectivity is a typically modernist move, as is the story’s sense of a ‘life in death’, its allusion, perhaps, to the end of the second canto of ...

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