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Tytuł: Houses as sites of memory in Penelope Lively’s writings
Autorzy: Kucała, Bożena
Słowa kluczowe: Penelope Lively
memory
autobiography
the house in fiction
sites of memory
Data wydania: 2016
Data dodania: 23-lis-2017
Wydawca: The University of Bialystok
Źródło: Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies 14 (3/2016), pp. 10-19
Abstrakt: This paper will analyse the representation of houses in selected novels and non-fiction by Penelope Lively. Houses feature in her writings as material objects as well as immaterial forms created by the human psyche; they may also be conceptualised as organic beings whose lives mirror the lives of their inhabitants. However, it will be argued that for the characters in Lively’s novels houses function primarily as sites of memory. Houses are treated as repositories of the past, both because they hold secure its material remnants and because they have the potential to evoke memories and thus enable people to forge and maintain meaningful connections with the past. The article will also take account of Lively’s three autobiographical books, Oleander, Jacaranda: A Childhood Perceived, A House Unlocked, and Ammonites and Leaping Fish, in which the writer embarks on the project of retrieving memories by exploring, respectively, three houses she used to reside in as “material memoirs” of her own past as well as collective history.
Afiliacja: Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Nota biograficzna: Bożena Kucała teaches nineteenth-century and contemporary English literature at the Institute of English Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Her academic interests include contemporary fiction, especially history and the novel and neo-Victorian fiction. Main publications: monograph Intertextual Dialogue with the Victorian Past in the Contemporary Novel (2012); coedited books: Writer and Time: James Joyce and After (2010), Confronting the Burden of History: Literary Representations of the Past (2012), Travelling Texts: J.M. Coetzee and Other Writers (2014), The Art of Literature, Art in Literature (2014).
E-mail: bozena.kucala@uj.edu.pl
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11320/5997
DOI: 10.15290/cr.2016.14.3.01
e-ISSN: 2300-6250
Typ Dokumentu: Article
Występuje w kolekcji(ach):Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies, 2016, Issue 14

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