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Modernism, Daily Time and Everyday Life


  • Page extent: 232 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.51 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521879842)

Bryony Randall explores the twin concepts of daily time and of everyday life through the writing of several major modernist authors. The book begins with a contextualising chapter on the psychologists William James and Henri Bergson. It goes on to devote chapters to Dorothy Richardson, Gertrude Stein, H. D. and Virginia Woolf. These experimental writers, she argues, reveal everyday life and daily time as rich and strange, not simply a banal backdrop to more important events. Moreover, Randall argues that paying attention to the everyday and daily time can be politically empowering and subversive. The specific social and cultural context of the early twentieth century is one in which the concept of daily time is particularly strongly challenged. By examining Modernism's engagement with or manifestation of this notion of daily time, she reveals a highly original perspective on their concerns and complexities.

• A reading of the idea of time and everyday life • Focuses on modernist writers including Woolf, Gertrude Stein and Dorothy Richardson • Includes analysis of philosophical thought on everyday life by William James, Henri Bergson and others


Introduction: Dailiness; 1. The contemporary context: Henri Bergson and William James; 2. Dailiness in Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage; 3. Re-creation, work and the everyday in Gertrude Stein; 4. War-Days: H.D., time and World War One; 5. Reading, writing and thinking: a Woolfian daily life; Afterword; Bibliography; Index.


Review of the hardback: 'Randall's book is distinguished by its very precise close readings of the fictional texts and the committed, sustained quality of its enquiry.' Rebecca Beasley, Textual Practice

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