Making Love Modern

Making Love Modern : Intimate Public Worlds of New York's Literary Women

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In the teens and twenties, New York was home to a variety of literary subcultures. Within these intermingled worlds, gender lines and other boundaries were crossed in ways hardly imaginable in previous decades. Among the bohemians of Greenwich Village, the sophisticates of the Algonquin Round Table and the literati of the Harlem Renaissance, certain women found powerful voices through which to speak and write. Edna St. Vincent Millay and Dorothy Parker are now best remembered for their colourful lives; Genevieve Taggard, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Helene Johnson are hardly remembered at all. Yet each made a serious literary contribution to the meaning of modern femininity, relationship, and selfhood. This text uncovers the historical sensitivity and interest of these women's love poetry. Placing their work in the context of subcultures nested within national culture, Nina Miller explores the tensions that make this literature so rewarding for contemporary readers. A poetry of intimate expression, it also functioned powerfully as public assertion. This book is intended for feminist critics, American and cultural studies scholars and students, modernist scholars and more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 25mm | 561g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 10 halftones, bibliography
  • 0195116046
  • 9780195116045

About Nina Miller

Nina Miller, Associate Professor of English, teaches American literature, African American literature, and Women's Studies at Iowa State University. She is currently at work on a book about the lost history of Anarchism in US more

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