H.D. and Sapphic Modernism, 1910-1950by Diana Collecott
Pub. Date: 11/28/1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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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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