H.D. and Sapphic Modernism, 1910-1950

H.D. and Sapphic Modernism, 1910-1950

by Diana Collecott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521550785

ISBN-13: 9780521550789

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Diana Collecott proposes that Sappho's presence in H.D.'s work is as significant as that of Homer in Pound's and of Dante in Eliot's. She undertakes a radical revision of H.D.'s Hellenism and her imagism, relating both to the literary and sexual politics of the First World War period. Connecting the fragmentary condition of Sappho's writings with the erasure of women…  See more details below

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Diana Collecott proposes that Sappho's presence in H.D.'s work is as significant as that of Homer in Pound's and of Dante in Eliot's. She undertakes a radical revision of H.D.'s Hellenism and her imagism, relating both to the literary and sexual politics of the First World War period. Connecting the fragmentary condition of Sappho's writings with the erasure of women within modernism and the silencing of lesbians in the wider culture, she traces the Sapphic in H.D.'s prose and poetry and in its modern contexts. Her exploration develops a lesbian poetics not only for H.D. but also for contemporaries such as Bryher, Amy Lowell and Virginia Woolf and for successors such as Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich and Olga Broumas.

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

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Sappho, Sapphic, Saph1
1She too is my poet: Sapphistry9
2A life of being: negotiating gender40
3The perfect bi-: negotiating sexuality70
4Straight as the Greek: Hellenism and modernism103
5The art of the future: her emergence from Imagism135
6What is (not) said: lesbian poetics172
7Re-membering Shakes-pear: negotiations with tradition221
Afterword: at the cross-roads258
AppFragments of Sappho in H.D.'s poetry and prose266
Notes273
Works cited309
Index335

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