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The basic assumption of this work is that the mind which can imagine other sexual orientations and gender identities can and must also imagine new ways of writing, and that a consideration of the poetsi sexualities is central to a fuller understanding of both the message and the medium of their poetic practices. A full-length exploration of the relationship between poetics and queer theory, Queer Poetics presents a theoretical framework that can illuminate not only the ways we read the specific poetic innovations of these six writers, but also the ways we read literary modernism itself, by placing both in a different social and epistemological contextthat of queer existence. This work is important to scholars and researchers in Womenis Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, feminist criticism, and the study of poetry.
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Introduction: Lesbian Theory in Poetry
Poltergeist of Form: Emily Dickinson and the Reappropriation of Language and Identity
Imagery and Invisibility: Amy Lowell and the Erotics of Particularity
"This shows it all": Gertrude Stein and the Reader's Role in the Creation of Significance
The Rhythms of Experience: Mina Loy and the Poetics of "Love"
"Dropping Crooked into Rhyme": Djuna Barnes' Use of Form and the Liminal Space of Gender
"A curious secret": H.D. and the Palimpsest of Sexual Identity
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