Ивлин Во "Возвращение в Брайдсхед": нарратив, прошлое, воспоминание
Contemporary English literature actively, often innovatively, addresses the problems of comprehending the past, individual and collective memory, the processes of remembering and forgetting, the relationship between the concepts of memory, history and identity, and forms of personal (auto)biographical restoration of the past. In an attempt to trace the genesis of the problem of the past in the English literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, we turn to one of the key English novels of the Second World War - "Brideshead Revisited" by Evelyn Waugh, which will become an important milestone in the development of the English novel as a whole. In almost every subsequent English memory novel, most vividly the time planes of the past, present and future are mutually permeable. In the process of narrativization, the past appears both as the lost past itself, as an acquired present and even as a probable future - which we have conventionally termed as the models of "past-in-the-present", "present-in-the-past" and "future-in-past ". In this case, the past will receive both axiological and ontological priority over the present and the future.