H.D. and Sapphic Modernism, 1910-1950

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The American poet H. D. (1886-1961) is increasingly being recognized as a key figure in the shaping of Anglo-American modernism, and this study attempts to emphasize her position, against the well-established claims of writers such as T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. The study is grounded in questions of sexuality, gender and the nature of subjectivity and H. D.'s interest in Hellenism. The development of a homoerotic strand within her distinctively modernist poetics comes together in Collecott's central concept of "sapphic modernism."
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"...[an] erudite study..." M.S. Vogeler, Choice

"In its sustained scholarship, innovative theoretical exploration, and illuminating interpretation of H.D's writing, Diana Collecott's study represents a significant and impressive accomplishment, and will certainly alter permanently the way in which H.D. is read. The importance of H.D. and Sapphic Modernism is in laying open many dimensions of H.D.'s Sapphic intertextuality, especially the profound cultural, political, and artistic implications of Sapphism in the early twentieth century. This entails the recovery of an intricate and dense network of women writers, whose literary project and whose whole conception of intellectual exchange was distict from the climate of early modernism and its male collaborators." Eileen Gregory

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521550789
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Saphho, Sapphic, Saph; 1. She too is my poet: Sapphistry; 2. A life of being: negotiating gender; 3. The perfect bi-: negotiating sexuality; 4. Straight as the Greek: Hellenism and modernism; 5. The art of the future: her emergence from Imagism; 6. What is (not) said: lesbian poetics; 7. Re-membering Shakes-pear: negotiations with tradition; Afterword: at the crossroads; Appendix; Notes; Works Cited; Index.
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