Archive for November, 2012

Blog #78: Beyond Memoir and Biography–Edmund Gosse and the Patremoir (4 of 4)

TweetGosse’s fame and authority as a literary critic, and his close connection with many of the leading literary figures of the day, ensured wide dissemination of his ideas. On publication of Father and Son, he received numerous letters warmly praising his book. As he had on the publication of The Life of Philip Henry Gosse, [...]

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Blog #77: Beyond Memoir and Biography–Edmund Gosse and the Patremoir (3 of 4)

TweetThe encouragements of Symonds and Moore suggest at least a couple of reasons why Gosse came to write a book like Father and Son. As well as reacting against his father, Gosse was reacting against the strong sense of psychological pressure engendered by the formality and the conventions of the Victorian age. Although himself very [...]

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Blog #76: Beyond Memoir and Biography–Edmund Gosse and the Patremoir (2 of 4)

Tweet In considering Gosse’s role in making a new kind of writing possible, it is important to distinguish between critical father writing and conventional father writing. What made Father and Son different, what makes it the first of a new genre is, as Virginia Woolf acknowledged in “The Art of Biography,” that Gosse “dared to [...]

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Blog #75: Beyond Memoir and Biography–Edmund Gosse and the Patremoir (1 of 4)

TweetThe talk went over very well, even if the audience was smaller than I hoped. Other talks were very interesting, too, especially the ones on Native American literature by Lindsey Hursh from U of Cental Oklahoma, Jamie Korsmo from Georgia State U, and an exciting co-presentation by Brenda Brown and Jamie Deer from U of [...]

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