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Gendered modernisms : American women poets and their readers
Dickie, Margaret, 1935-
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [1996]

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xvi, 321 pages ; 24 cm
Recovering the repression in Stein's erotic poetry / Margaret Dickie -- History as conjugation: Stein's Stanzas in meditation and the literary history of the modernist long poem / Mary Loeffelholz -- H.D., modernism, and the transgressive sexualities of decadent-romantic platonism / Cassandra Laity -- Pornopoeia, the modernist canon, and the cultural capital of sexual literacy: the case of H.D. / Dianne Chisholm -- 'So as to be one having some way of being one having some way of working': Marianne Moore and literary tradition / Lisa M. Steinman -- 'The Frigate pelican''s progress: Marianne Moore's multiple versions and modernist practice / Robin Gail Schulze -- Jouissance and the sentimental daughter: Edna St. Vincent Millay / Suzanne Clark -- Antimodern, modern, and postmodern Millay: contexts of revaluation / Cheryl Walker -- Laura (Riding) Jackson's 'really new' poem / Jeanne Heuving -- The Elizabeth Bishop phenomenon / Thomas Travisano -- Muriel Rukeyser and her literary critics / Kate Daniels -- 'The Buried life and the body of waking': Muriel Rukeyser and the politics of literary history / Richard Flynn -- Whose canon? Gwendolyn Brooks: founder at the center of the 'margins' / Kathryne V. Lindberg.

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PS310.M57 G46 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Thirteen original essays on Gertrude Stein, H. D., Marianne Moore, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Elizabeth Bishop, Muriel Rukeyser, and Gwendolyn Brooks demonstrate how these women expand the social, textual, and political boundaries of modernism. The collection places these poets in the context of their times, examining the conditions that helped shape their vivid and diverse poetic careers and reconsidering some of the assumptions that have led to their exclusion from the main narratives of modernist poetry.

Ultimately, the aim is to enlarge the literary history of the movement--for gendered, modernism extends backward to the first years of the century, and forward to the beginnings of postmodernism in the 1960s.

Author Notes


Margaret Dickie is Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Georgia. TravisanoThomas:

Thomas Travisano is Professor of English at Hartwick College.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

The editors of this collection provide a way to use gender to redefine women poets and their place in modernism and postmodernism. Too often poets have been defined in relation to strong male influences, as in the case of H.D. and Laura Riding. Wisely, the contributors to this volume offer ways of reading that contradict former perceptions. They consider why women poets do not assimilate or fit easily into fixed patterns and traditions. Gender does matter. Of particular interest is Dickie's reading of Gertrude Stein's eroticism and the poet's reasons for secrecy in terms of the period in which she worked. Lisa Steinman's reading of Marianne Moore exposes the contradictions of previous readings. She observes: "That Moore's work contains such recognitions has everything to do with her own, local circumstances as a woman." Travisano dissects the Bishop phenomenon by showing how and why her status changed from minor to major. Excellent, thought-provoking material for all readers. H. Susskind emeritus, Monroe Community College