Refiguring Modernism: Women of 1928 v. 1

Refiguring Modernism: Women of 1928 v. 1 : Women of 1928

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In volume one of this revisionary study of modernism, Bonnie Kime Scott focuses on the literary and cultural contexts that shaped the professional and creative development of Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, and Djuna Barnes: gifted parents and dysfunctional families; their attachments to the celebrated modernism of the oMen of 1914O; Edwardian ounclesO who commanded the publishing world while dabbling in the sexual liberation of the new woman; and the suffrage movement. Scott argues that Woolf, West, and Barnes emerged with their own distinct personal arrangements and literary concerns in a second flourishing of modernismNthe oWomen of 1928ONthe hallmarks of which were WoolfOs Orlando, WestOs The Strange Necessity, BarnesOs Ryder and Ladies Almanack, and their responses to the landmark censorship trial of Radclyffe HallOs lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness. Aware of the nature of literary markets on both sides of the Atlantic, and of personal and sexual needs, these authors devised corresponding professional and personal arrangements.
ScottOs contextual approach is based upon fresh archival explorations and, in addition, takes on the challenge of combining postmodern with feminist theory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 156.7 x 235 x 24.4mm | 681.78g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 22 b&w photos
  • 0253209951
  • 9780253209955
  • 1,775,449

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction Part One: Beginnings 1. (Dys)functional Families 2. Edwardian Uncles 3. Stretching the Scope of Suffrage 4. Midwives of Modernism Part Two: The Men of 1914 5. Ezra Pound: Plunging Headlong into Female Chaos 6. Wyndham Lewis: Above the Line of Messy Femininity 7. T.S. Eliot: Playing Possum 8. James Joyce: Halting Female Pens with Ulysses 9. Lawrence, Forster, and Bloomsbury: Male Modernist Others Part Three: The Women of 1928 10. Arranging Marriages, Partners, and Spaces 11. Becoming Professionals 12. Rallying round The Well of Loneliness Notes Bibliography Index
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o... an invaluable aid to the reconfiguration of literary modernism and of the history of the fiction of the first three decades of the twentieth century.O NNovel o... her readings of texts are quite smart and eminently readable.O NTulsa Studies in WomenOs Literature o... a challenging and discerning study of the modernist period.O NJames Joyce Broadsheet (note: review of volume 1 only) o... highly important and beautifully written, constructing a contextually rich cultural history of Anglo-American modernism. It wears its meticulous erudition lightly, synthesizing an enormous amount of research, much of it original archival work.O NSigns oThrough her thoughtful exploration of the lives and work of these three female modernists, Scott shapes a new feminist literary history that successfully reconfigures modernism.O NWoolf Studies Annual
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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.
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