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Signets brings together the best essays of H.D. (Hilda Doolittle). Susan Stanford Friedman and Rachel Blau DuPlessis have gathered the most influential and generative studies of H. D.’s work and complemented them with photobiographical, chronological, and bibliographical portraits unique to this volume.
    The essays in Signets span H. D.’s career from the origins of Imagism to late modernism, from the early poems of Sea Garden to the novel HER and the epic poems Trilogy and Helen in Egypt. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Diana Collecott, Robert Duncan, Albert Gelpi, Eileen Gregory, Susan Gubar, Barbara Guest, Elizabeth A. Hirsch, Deborah Kelly Kloepfer, Cassandar Laity, Adalaide Morris, Alicia Ostriker, Cyrena N. Pondrom, Perdita Schaffner, and Louis H. Silverstein.
    Signets is an essential resource for those interested in H. D., modernism, and feminist criticism and writing.

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Editorial Reviews

A collection of essays on the works of Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), American author who made a distinct contribution to modern literature as a poet, novelist, essayist, translator, and memoirist. Long neglected, Doolittle's reputation began to grow with the advent of feminism. The collection includes a chronology, a photobiography, and a selection from the poem Biography by H.D. biographer Barbara Guest. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299126841
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Stanford Friedman is professor of English and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her works include Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H. D. and Penelope’s Web: Gender, Modernity, H. D.’s Fiction. Rachel Blau DuPlessis is professor of English at Temple University. She is author of Writing Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of the Twentieth-Century Women Writers and H. D.: The Career of that Struggle.


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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Part I. Lives
1. A Sketch of H.D.: The Egyptian Cat 3
2. A Photobiography of H.D. 7
3. Selection from the Poem Biography 29
4. Herself Delineated: Chronological Highlights of H.D. 32
5. Dating H.D.'s Writing 46
6. A Relay of Power and of Peace: H.D. and the Spirit of the Gift 52
Part II. Images
7. H.D. and the Origins of Imagism 85
8. H.D.'s Romantic Landscapes: The Sexual Politics of the Garden 110
9. Rose Cut in Rock: Sappho and H.D.'s Sea Garden 129
10. Images at the Crossroads: H.D.'s "Scrapbook" 155
Part III. Palimpsests
11. Fishing the Murex Up: Sense and Resonance in H.D.'s Palimpsest 185
12. "I had two loves separate": The Sexualities of H.D.'s HER 205
13. Return of the Repressed in H.D.'s Madrigal Cycle 233
14. Excerpts from "Language Acquisition" 253
Part IV. Prophecies
15. The Concept of Projection: H.D.'s Visionary Powers 273
16. The Echoing Spell of H.D.'s Trilogy 297
17. Re-membering the Mother: A Reading of H.D.'s Trilogy 318
18. No Rule of Procedure: The Open Poetics of H.D. 336
19. The H.D. Book: Part II, Chapter 10 352
Part V. Rescriptings
20. Creating a Women's Mythology: H.D.'s Helen in Egypt 373
21. Romantic Thralldom in H.D. 406
22. Imaginary Images: "H.D.," Modernism, and the Psychoanalysis of Seeing 430
Selected Bibliography 455
Notes on Contributors 477
Index of Works 481
Index 485
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