Images and Reflections of the Spiritual Self in Christopher Isherwood’s Narratives

Authors

  • Mario Faraone University of Trieste

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/post.v4i3.303

Keywords:

Christopher Isherwood, treatment of mirror in literature, autobiography, Vedanta studies, literature and religion

Abstract

Throughout his life, Christopher Isherwood explored his sense of himself through a range of different genres of writing: autobiography, letters and journals, and fiction. The polysemic image of the mirror plays a major role in the structuring of his novels and other writings. Through the figure of the mirror, the writer signals many nearly imperceptible yet significant changes over time. This article explores this image in a range of Isherwood’s writings, and argues that, through its deployment, the artist very often questions himself about the dichotomy between appearance and reality. The presence of the mirror in the early writings assumes modalities which are distinct from those belonging to the conversion period to Vedanta, the Hindu-oriented philosophy and religion.

Author Biography

Mario Faraone, University of Trieste

Contract professor of English Literature and Literatures of the English Speaking Countries at the Dept. of Intercultural Studies, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, University of Trieste, Italy

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Published

2010-12-10

How to Cite

Faraone, M. (2010). Images and Reflections of the Spiritual Self in Christopher Isherwood’s Narratives. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 4(3), 303–322. https://doi.org/10.1558/post.v4i3.303

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