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A Curious PerilH.D.'s Late Modernist Prose$
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Lara Vetter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054568

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054568.001.0001

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Mysticism and Time Travel

Mysticism and Time Travel

(p.54) 2 Mysticism and Time Travel
A Curious Peril

Lara Vetter

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2 examines the structural break that occurs in the middle of The Sword Went Out to Sea, and the concomitant fragmentation of narrator and narrative voice. This break can be traced, again, to the merging of two genres—mysticism and time travel—that coexist but destabilize one another. Though H.D. had been interested in mysticism decades earlier, the war compels her to revise her way of thinking about it. In Sword, a traumatized Delia experiences an apocalyptic vision that thrusts her into a liminal space, at once in time and out of time, and launches her as time traveller into the historical vignettes that comprise the second half of the novel.

Keywords:   The Sword Went Out to Sea, genre, mysticism, time travel, narrative structure

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