Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Elizabeth BowenThe Enforced Return$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Neil Corcoran

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186908

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186908.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 09 December 2019

Discovery of a Lack: The Last September (1928)

Discovery of a Lack: The Last September (1928)

Chapter:
(p.39) 2 Discovery of a Lack: The Last September (1928)
Source:
Elizabeth Bowen
Author(s):

Neil Corcoran (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186908.003.0003

This chapter offers a reading of Bowen's novel, The Last September, set during the Troubles in Ireland in the 1920s, taking stock of some historical accounts of the period, notably Peter Hart's. It understands forms of ellipsis and aporia to be characteristic of Bowen's structures and style, and interprets them as, in part, a response to a cataclysmic contemporary history. It interprets Bowen's attitude to the Anglo-Irish, defining her particular type of social comedy. It focuses on Bowen's interest in the type represented by the novel's heroine, Lois: the intelligent, bored ingénue, who figures again and again in her work. It also explores the ways in which recurrent thoughts of the dead may be read as a further mode of ‘ghostliness’ in Bowen.

Keywords:   Troubles, Hart, ellipsis, Anglo-Irish, social comedy, ingénue, the dead, The Last September

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .