[Msa-discuss] bells in modernism

Elizabeth Alsop ealsop at gmail.com
Sat Sep 24 13:32:14 EDT 2011


Hi Emma,

I don't know if you're interested in American examples, but Quentin Compson
hears bells in his section of *The Sound and the Fury*.

Best,
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Alsop
PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature
CUNY Graduate Center

On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM, Wallace, Jo-Ann <
jo-ann.wallace at ualberta.ca> wrote:

> Obviously Woolf's _Mrs. Dalloway_ in which the bells of various churches
> and clock towers keep time throughout.
> Cheers,
> Jo-Ann
>
> Jo-Ann Wallace
> Professor, English and Film Studies
> University of Alberta
> Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E5
> Canada
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> Hi Emma,
>
> My suggestion about Plath's _The Bell Jar_ is not as obvious as it sounds.
> First, it would mean that Plath is a modernist, and so you'd join the
> group that feels that modernism is more a mode than a period; second, that
> Plath is English either because she lived out there for a long time, or
> because her work seems distinctly British (perhaps in its formality, form,
> and intertextuality); finally, that any work in English is English or
> Englishes, if your main topic is a trope, symbol, or specific allusion,
> and therefore get some radically diverse productions around that topic if
> you go transnational.
>
> On a more traditional, but still painfully obvious, note: Eliot, "time and
> the bell have buried the day" (Wasteland or 4 Quartets); and "hurry up now
> it's time" (Wasteland; the "last call" bell in pubs in Britain); Woolf,
> the Big Ben scene in Dalloway.
>
> I'd suggest looking up "bell" in a Bible concordance (the King James is
> English, right?). That might help with the Eliot. I'm often surprised at
> what that concordance leads to; there is life beyond Eliot although I have
> yet to experience it myself.
>
> AG
>
>
> > Can anyone suggest works--English modernist poetry or prose--that feature
> > bells as object or symbol? Thanks.
> > Emma Stanford
> > Middlebury College
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> AG
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