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Fragmenting Modernism$
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Sara Haslam

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719060557

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719060557.001.0001

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Imaginative visions

Imaginative visions

(p.118) 5 Imaginative visions
Fragmenting Modernism

Sara Haslam

Manchester University Press

This chapter introduces the concept of Ford Madox Ford's ‘positive fictions’, and offers a way of reading Ford's dedication to his grandfather as well as to his grandfather's circle (especially the Pre-Raphaelites) that feeds into the content and the visual style of these texts. It also reintroduces the ‘woman question’, focusing on four novels that reconstruct worlds of alternative systems which emanate from the fragmented consciousness of men such as Grimshaw. These novels are The ‘Half Moon’ (1909), Ladies Whose Bright Eyes (1911), The New Humpty Dumpty (1912) and The Young Lovell (1913). In some texts, Ford investigates the contemporary rage/fear in male reactions to women, together with the healing qualities of what Carl Jung termed the female archetypes. Jung's theories, and Robert Graves's writings, are used as part of an illuminatory test of Jung's assertion that ‘our world seems to be dis-infected of witches’, when the world is Ford's positive fictions. These fictions possess roots that mean the multiple perspectives central to modernism often regenerate as well as destroy.

Keywords:   Ford Madox Ford, positive fictions, Pre-Raphaelites, woman question, novels, Carl Jung, Robert Graves, modernism, Bright Eyes, Young Lovell

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