Refiguring Modernism: Postmodern Feminist Readings of Woolf, West, and Barnes v. 2 : Women of 1928
In volume two of her revisionist study of modernism, Bonnie Kime Scott draws on close analysis of the strategic writing processes of Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, and Djuna Barnes to show how each writer negotiated modernist questions of enduring importance to postmodern readers. WoolfOs rapture with language, BarnesOs bestiaries, and WestOs polemicism help us address questions of logocentrism, essentialism, and the prevalence of binary logic in Western thought. The positioning of Woolf with two other female modernists provides a network of comparison that has been denied in her solo admission to the male canon. Scott closes with a consideration of othe ends of modernism,O assessing the volatile politics of 1939. While many celebrated male modernists flirted with fascism or tried to shore up against ruin, Woolf, West, and Barnes exposed the fragility of cultural scaffoldings and pointed to the mental resources needed for cultural renewal.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 156.5 x 234.7 x 16.5mm | 437.93g
- 25 Jan 1996
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
- 22 b&w photos
Table of contents
Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: Feminist/Modernist Attachments 1. WoolfOs Rapture With Language 2. BarnesO Beasts Turning Human 3. WestOs Sense of Scaffolding 4. 1939 And The Ends OF Modernism Notes Bibliography Index
About Bonnie Kime Scott
BONNIE KIME SCOTT is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Delaware. She is the author of Joyce and Feminism, James Joyce, and New Alliances in Joyce Studies; she is the editor of The Gender of Modernism. She is editing the letters of Rebecca West.