Daily Modernism: The Literary Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anais Nin

Daily Modernism: The Literary Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anais Nin

by Elizabeth Podnieks

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Daily Modernism: The Literary Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anais Nin by Elizabeth Podnieks

Redrawing established boundaries between genres, Podnieks builds a broad critical and theoretical range on which she maps the diary as an aesthetic work, showing how diaries inscribe the aesthetics of literary modernisms. Drawing on feminist theory, literary history, biography, and personal anecdotes, she argues that the diary is an especially subversive space for women writers. Podnieks details how Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anaïs Nin wrote their diaries under the pretence that they were private, while always intending them to be published. She travelled extensively to examine the original diary manuscripts and offers unique first-hand descriptions of the manuscripts that underscore the artistic intentions of their authors. Daily Modernism contributes to the ongoing feminist revision of literary history and, in its disruption of traditional concepts of "major" and "minor" literary forms, paves the way for a much needed reconsideration of the diary as a valid literary achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773520219
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 01/26/2000
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.54(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Abbreviationsxi
Introduction3
1Blurring Boundaries: Mapping the Diary as Autobiography and Fiction13
2"That profoundly female, and feminist, genre"45
3Life Writing a Modernist Text71
4Virginia Woolf's Diary: "the proper stuff of fiction"97
5"Still waiting for revelation: key to unlock": The Diaries of Antonia White, A Literary Case Study165
6"Keep out / Keep out / Your snooting snout": The Irresistible Diaries of Elizabeth Smart225
7"I was born to hear applause": Self-Promotion and Performance in the Diaries of Anais Nin283
Conclusion345
Notes359
Bibliography381
Index397

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