Territory, space, modernity: Elizabeth Bowen's 'The Demon Lover and Other Stories' and wartime London

Towheed, Shafquat (2009). Territory, space, modernity: Elizabeth Bowen's 'The Demon Lover and Other Stories' and wartime London. In: Osborn, Susan ed. Elizabeth Bowen: New Critical Perspectives. Cork: Cork University Press, pp. 113–131.

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Abstract

This chapter considers the changing relationship between territory, space and place in Elizabeth Bowen's depiction of life in wartime London in the short story collection 'The Demon Lover and Other Stories.' An overview of the development of spatial theory in a range of fields (from physics and linguistics to art history and psychology) in the decades before World War II leads to a close reading of the importance of spatial relationships in Bowen's wartime stories. This chapter argues that the explosive spaces created and destroyed by the Blitz changed individual perception of the relationship between time and space, and that Bowen's stories articulate this tension.

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