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Writing Life: Early Twentieth-Century Autobiographies of the Artist-Hero$
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Mhairi Pooler

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381977

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781781381977.001.0001

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An Investigation of Reality

An Investigation of Reality

Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage

(p.140) Chapter 5 An Investigation of Reality
Writing Life: Early Twentieth-Century Autobiographies of the Artist-Hero

Mhairi Pooler

Liverpool University Press

Richardson’s fictionalised self-portrait in Pilgrimage explores the relationship between personal reality and aesthetic form. By comparing her technique with that of Gosse and James, chapter 5 reveals the extent to which Pilgrimage complementarily combines the traditional structures of spiritual autobiography and the Künstlerroman to supplement the limits of language’s ability to express the self. The discussion focusses heavily on Richardson’s use of language and form, showing how Pilgrimage bursts with fresh ideas and techniques that, ironically, were to establish a new tradition in the form of the stream-of-consciousness novel. It is shown that Richardson’s portrait of the artist lies as much, if not more, in the form of her writing as in the content, as she literally writes the story of herself, her apprenticeship, up to the point at which she begins to write Pilgrimage.

Keywords:   Dorothy Richardson, Pilgrimage, Language, Stream of Consciousness

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