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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263242

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.001.0001

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Revenants and Migrants: Hardy, Butler, Woolf and Sebald

Revenants and Migrants: Hardy, Butler, Woolf and Sebald

British Academy Lecture

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(p.163) Revenants and Migrants: Hardy, Butler, Woolf and Sebald
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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures
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Gillian Beer

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.003.0008

This lecture discusses how far during the twentieth-century writers have trusted memory as good. It compares the longing mistrust of Hardy's poem ‘The Voice’ with the serene re-embodiment of Mrs. Ramsey appearing to the artist Lily in To the Lighthouse. The lecture also discusses the concept of revenants and tries to answer the question of what will happen when migration becomes a common experience, without the likelihood of return.

Keywords:   twentieth-century writers, memory, The Voice, To the Lighthouse, revenants, migration, common experience

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