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Memory, imagination, and the renovating power of trees

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Trees frequently feature in the early memories of writers and artists, judging by their autobiographical writings. This essay compares key childhood recollections by William Blake, A. S. Byatt, John Clare, Thomas Hardy, Seamus Heaney, Zaffar Kunial, Paul Nash, John Ruskin, and William Wordsworth in order to explore the recurrence and significance of tree memories. In these accounts, trees are often associated with moments of vision and a degree of alienation, which contribute to the self-real...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
Somerville College
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Author
Publisher:
University of Iowa Publisher's website
Journal:
Philological Quarterly Journal website
Volume:
97
Issue:
2
Publication date:
2018-08-20
Acceptance date:
2018-01-31
ISSN:
0031-7977
Pubs id:
pubs:828191
URN:
uri:37fbae32-5e6b-4958-8a57-3dba7d49cc36
UUID:
uuid:37fbae32-5e6b-4958-8a57-3dba7d49cc36
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pubs:828191

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