I Do, I Undo, I Redo: The Textual Genesis of Modernist Selves

Hardcover | February 6, 2010

byFinn Fordham

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This book is a study of writing processes of six modernist authors: Hopkins, Yeats, Conrad, Forster, Joyce, and Woolf, from the 'golden age of manuscripts'. Finn Fordham examines how these processes relate to selfhood and subjectivity, both of which are generally considered to have come underan intense examination and reformulation during the modernist period. The study addresses several questions: what are the relations between writing and subjectivity? To what extent is a 'self' considered as a completed product like a book? Or how are selves, if considered as things 'in process'or 'constructs', reflections of the processes of writing? How do the experiences of writing inform thematic concerns within texts about identity? There are three theoretical and methodological chapters (about 'genetic' criticism, about critical studies of selfhood within modernism, and the 'effacement' of manuscripts in philosophies of the subject). There then follow chapters on each of the six authors, with a different topic on each -compression, selection, doubling, hollowing out, multiplying and class. The study comprises much new material from archives, and many fresh ideas stemming from the combination of different critical approaches: genetic, psychological, political criticism and close reading. Readers of its contentsdescribed it as 'excellent', 'a very creative study', 'original, timely and extremely suggestive'.

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This book is a study of writing processes of six modernist authors: Hopkins, Yeats, Conrad, Forster, Joyce, and Woolf, from the 'golden age of manuscripts'. Finn Fordham examines how these processes relate to selfhood and subjectivity, both of which are generally considered to have come underan intense examination and reformulation du...

Finn Fordham took studied English at Trinity College Cambridge and then went on to work with Steven Connor at Birkbeck College London. He wrote a thesis on Joyce's Finnegans Wake (which, unfortunately, ran into copyright problems) but then, with a Leverhulme Fellowship, wrote a different study of Finnegans Wake (which, fortunately, d...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:February 6, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Critical Frameworks1. Texts and Selves in Process2. The Self in Modernism and Modernist Studies3. Descartes and Heidigger: Overlooking Drafts, Erasing ProcessPart II: Genetic Explorations4. Hopkins and Compression5. Yeats and Selection6. Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness': Doubling and Doubling Back7. Forster's A Passage to India: Hollowing Out8. Joyce's Ulysses and Multiplying Personalities9. Woolf's The Waves and Classes of WritingConclusion