Essay about The Influence of Modernism of New Theories of the Self
Pete A. Y. Gunter’s comment, on French psychologist Pierre Janet, can be employed to describe the regressive memory theme in The Life and Death of Harriet Frean. Janet theorized that psychological reality maintains and develops tension. And suggests when this healthy apprehension is breached, a process of repression is experienced. Red Campion is …show more content…
Sinclair’s work belongs to this time of change as a modernist literary artist. Moreover Modernism used the above aspects to redefine expression through literature; among other arts. Sinclair’s own life was implicitly modern. Her father was a shipping merchant in the industrial haven of Liverpool and thus her family belong to the bourgeois class. Additionally Sinclair’s philosophical and psychological learning made her question society, home life and the role of the self in relation to one another. ‘May Sinclair understood how her own sensitivity, in imagining the pain she caused her mother by resisting her religious rigidity, might betray her will to evolve into an independent self.’ Theophilus Ernest Martin Boll argues the influential relationship Sinclair held with her father as resembling the association Harriet had with her father. And describes the novel as an ‘authentic memory’ never explicitly confessed.