Sylvia Townsend Warner's Modernist Ekphrasis And Synesthesia

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Abstract: "The presence of music and sound is crucially important in the writing of Sylvia Townsend Warner (1873-1978). A noticeably acoustic writer , music , and noise in general , are major tools Warner employed to convey the vacillation of the Modernist perspective. Examining the deployment of these tools reveals a type of musical rhetoric which is built around aural ekphrasis and literary synesthesia , and this study concentrates on this feature of three of Warner's novels and one short story: Lolly Willowes (1926) , Mr. Fortune's Maggot (1927) , The Corner That Held Them (1948) , and ""Emil"" (1956). While the exact patterns of Warner's use of music and sound throughout her fiction ultimately remain ambiguous , probing them in these four works does cast light upon Warner's private and public concerns."

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Language: English
Date: 2017

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