‘I know it to be synthetic but it affects me strongly’: ‘Dead Mabelle’ and Bowen's emotion pictures

Schaller, Karen (2013) ‘I know it to be synthetic but it affects me strongly’: ‘Dead Mabelle’ and Bowen's emotion pictures. Textual Practice, 27 (1). pp. 163-185. ISSN 0950-236X

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


Bowen's writing is well recognised for its preoccupation with the cinema, and its cinematic techniques, leading recent criticism to align her writing with the experimentations and innovations of literary modernism. As a result Bowen's cinema writing has been read after modernism, and, in particular, after Virginia Woolf. Through a close reading of Bowen's critically neglected 1929 cinema short story ‘Dead Mabelle’, however, I show how Bowen is not simply writing in the wake of Woolf's cinema aesthetics, but in dialogue with them. Although similarly preoccupied with the cinema affects - or emotion pictures- that fund Woolf's writing, Bowen's story highlights the philosophic blind spots on which these aesthetics turn. Rather than agree with modernist aesthetics, 'Dead Mabelle' offers a critical counterpoint to modernist writing about the cinema that deconstructs the very discourses with which her work has been aligned.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bowen,affect,emotion,cinema,subjectivity,woolf,modernism,aeshetics,short story,'dead mabelle'
Faculty \ School:
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 14:36
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 05:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44763
DOI: 10.1080/0950236X.2013.752224

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item