[Msa-discuss] bells in modernism

Jonathan D. Greenberg greenbergj at mail.montclair.edu
Sat Sep 24 13:59:26 EDT 2011


How about Clive and Vanessa Bell?

On 09/24/11, Elizabeth Alsop <ealsop at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> 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 <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
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> > Subject: Re: [Msa-discuss] bells in modernism
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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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Jonathan Greenberg
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
Montclair State University
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