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political and psychological tenor of the time. Focus here will be instead on the role of this text in the regenerative quest; Ancient Lights provides complex and sometimes overwhelmingly powerful images of a mind both struggling with, and celebrating, figures deep in its past and deep in its consciousness. The products of that struggle can be witnessed in the fiction that I also discuss in what follows. Ancient Lights formed part of Ford’s narrative response to a changing world (he says in the preface to a later autobiographical volume that the ‘only excuse’ for writing

in Fragmenting modernism

remarked, in the early years there was little or no prospect of making a living from his literature. Döblin does not appear to have regarded his medical and neurological training as anything more than a means to secure a living, and one in­dependent from his hobby of writing literature. This is not to say that Döblin was not passionate about his medical work and research. He confessed, when reflecting on his life: ‘medicine and science had an extraordinary hold on me’.23 In one autobiographical sketch, he describes spending years of his life, presumably between 1905 and

in A history of the case study
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, Albion: a Guide to Legendary Britain, 206–8, 118–19; J. C. Holt, Robin Hood, 2nd edn (London: Thames & Hudson, 1989), 176–9, 41; Elias Ashmole (1617–1692). His Autobiographical and Historical Notes, his Correspondence, and Other Contemporary Sources Relating to his Life and Work, ed. C. H. Josten (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966), 625. 101 See, for example, Kendrick, British Antiquity, chs 7–8; F. Smith Fussner, The Historical Revolution: English Historical Writing and Thought 1580–1640 (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1962); May McKisack, Medieval History in the Tudor

in The spoken word
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White fragility and black social death

understood as purely personal or individual experiences of black positionality. Like Saidiya Hartman (2008: 5) claims, ‘the autobiographical  72 72 Vulnerability and visibility example … is not a personal story that folds onto itself; it’s not about navel gazing, it’s really about trying to look at historical and social process and one’s own formation as a window onto social and historical processes, as an example of them’. In several respects, this is an auto-​ethnographical text that intermingles reflections on various stages of the debates with a contextualised

in The power of vulnerability
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Frank O’Hara

the Writer’s Theater in Cambridge. Perhaps it was for this reason that ‘In Memory of My Feelings’ becomes a recollection, as far as that is possible, of how he writes a poem, of the state of mind and self in which composition is possible. But also of how it had become possible in the first place, the poem, in its mix of autobiographical, historical and mythic modes, offering an account of the various processes and decisions through which the poet – as himself, but also as a figure through history – has arrived at a state of mind capable of intimacy with experience

in Enthusiast!
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formula: it is the Will of God’.34 He uses capitals still at this point – ‘The Will of God’ – in the formula he finds to arrest a conceptual fall (structuralism again). It represents solidity amidst chaos, just as the superimposed likeness of the house a child would draw over the army bunker is the way to a small psychological refuge. His fictional, autobiographical alter ego, Gringoire in No Enemy, articulates another version of the same task: ‘But coming back [from the war] or not, Gringoire was certainly going back to it and, in its desperate and fleeting atmosphere

in Fragmenting modernism
A trialogue

memories that people allude to relate to childhood. Douglas Porteous (1985) hypothesises that environmental smells become less noticeable as people get older, and in a small survey of eight autobiographical works discovers most smell associations occur between the ages of eight and fourteen years. Is there a biological reason for that? Perhaps you smell better when you Theory suggests that the richare young or you’re more open to est period of odour sensasmell as you are learning about your tion is at the start of a child’s environment through smell? Less autonomous

in Time for mapping

1933.74 At the outbreak of the Second World War, Borden was approached by Lady Hadfield to run a mobile field hospital. The so-called ‘Hadfield–Spears Unit’ served in North Africa, winning both official recognition and public acclaim.75 After her experiences of desert war, Borden, by this time over fifty, returned home to England, where she continued writing both fiction and semi-fictionalised autobiographical work.76 Mary Borden died on 2 December 1968 at the age of eighty-two.77 She had experienced at first hand some of the most dramatic events 58 Le petit paradis

in Nurse Writers of the Great War

forms of freedom: she practised nursing in at least five different countries, she interpreted the medical science behind the most advanced British nursing procedures of her day,34 and she wrote her own memoir – and then rewrote it in a different form.35 This was, indeed, the greatest of her freedoms: the freedom to tell and retell her own story – to create and recreate her life – in letters; journal articles; autobiographical works; and, finally, towards the end of her life, a series of highly imaginative novels.36 Thurstan’s life and writings were steeped in the

in Nurse Writers of the Great War

enormous 29 Negotiating nursing help to me, particularly Marie Anselma. It must be extremely difficult for her to cope with the nursing duties ­here – ­some of which are very intimate and difficult.’31 In her semi-­autobiographical book based on her war experiences, Sister Pamela Bright admitted to the confusion and embarrassment felt by her and her colleagues when ‘our patients showed a frank consciousness of sex’.32 Arguably, it is highly significant that this blunt admission occurs in a text that is only ‘based’ on her war experiences and not taken from a diary or

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