Masks Outrageous and Austere

Masks Outrageous and Austere : Culture, Psyche, and Persona in Modern Women Poets

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"[Walker's] well-focused, clearly written essays demonstrate the conformity and the challenges to conventional expectations defining 'women poets.' Walker's work makes a significant contribution to an often neglected area of American literary history." --Library Journal

"Based on close reading and explication of the texts, Walker brings fresh insights to each poet." --Choice

..". Walker has devised an original analysis that puts a new spin on the works and lives of these poets." --New Directions for Women

Concentrating on Amy Lowell, Sara Teasdale, Elinor Wylie, H.D., Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Louise Bogan, Walker analyzes the highly stylized self-images--from Lowell's androgyne to Millay's body-conscious romantic--projected by these women who attempted to renegotiate the terms upon which they could function successfully as poets.
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  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 152 x 235 x 17.02mm | 300g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 6ill.
  • 0253206669
  • 9780253206664

Table of contents

Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. Women and Feminine Literary Traditions-Amy Lowell and the Androgynous Persona 3. Women and Selfhood-Sara Teasdale and the Passionate Virgin Persona 4. Women and Aggression- Elinor Wylie and the Woman Warrior Persona 5. Women and Time-H.D. and the Greek Persona 6. Women on the Market-Edna St. Vincent MillayOs Body Language 7. Women and the Retreat to the Mind-Louise Bogan and the Stoic Persona 8. The Sound of Nightingales Notes Index
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