The Shaping of the Double Vision

The Symbolic Systems of the Italian Novels of Edward Morgan Forster

by Krzysztof Fordonski (Author)
©2005 Thesis 144 Pages


This study presents the formative period of the English novelist E. M. Forster (1879-1970) with a special stress on the usage of symbolism in his early fiction. The book offers a new approach to Forster’s symbolism derived from the theoretical studies of Michael Riffaterre and his concept of symbolic systems – subtext and syllepsis. The author presents the most important symbols as used in the discussed novels and their usage in Forster’s later works. A further part of the study concentrates on the issue of spatial symbolism. The symbolism of the Italian novels A Room with a View and Where Angels Fear to Tread is presented as an artistic means for the introduction of social issues especially important for the writer, as well as a method of concealed presentation of issues which for social and personal reasons Forster could not include openly in his works such as homosexuality.


ISBN (Softcover)
Erzähltechnik Symbol Forster, Edward Morgan Riffaterre, Michael Italien Moderne englische Literatur Symbolismus Homosexualität Forster, Edward M. Großbritannien
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 144 pp.

Biographical notes

Krzysztof Fordonski (Author)

The Author: Krzysztof Fordoński, born in 1970, studied at Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań and University College Galway. He gained his M.A. in English studies in 1994 and his Ph.D. in 2002 at the Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań. His main fields of interest are English literature at the turn of the 19th and 20th century, literary translation and history of England. The author published an anthology of English literature in 1999, a monograph of the American novelist William Wharton in 2004, and numerous scholarly articles. He is also an active literary translator, author of translations of over thirty books, both fiction and non-fiction.


Title: The Shaping of the Double Vision