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The anxious body of modernism: Kafka, Hamsun, and Woolf

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This thesis argues that psychological anxiety is a central narrative mechanism for modernist writing, and that this anxiety is expressed through the prominence of the body in texts. Through readings of Knut Hamsun’s Sult, Franz Kafka’s Der Verschollene, and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and its manuscript draft The Hours, I argue that anxiety as articulated in key modernist texts is more pervasive and differently distributed than previously thought....

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Eveliina Pulkki
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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