Women, Modernism and British Poetry 1910-39: Resisting Femininity

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dc.contributor.author Dowson, Jane en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-09T14:30:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-09T14:30:30Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.citation Dowson, J. (2002) Women, Modernism and British Poetry 1910-39: Resisting Femininity. Ashgate en
dc.identifier.issn 754604632
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/6319
dc.description.abstract Modernism as a period consists of progressive and reactionary cultural cross-currents. Under the umbrella of ‘Rear-guard modernism’ I explore poetry which is not formally adventurous but which represents a ‘conservative modernity’, that is women’s simultaneous internalisation and rejection of contemporary idealisations of femininity. It includes poems of the First World War and poets associated with the so-called ‘Georgians’, Frances Cornford and Vita Sackville-West. Their writing often registers an official public discourse in conflict with an unarticulated, non-symbolised, resistance to the literary and social formations of the feminine, particularly with reference to the idealised maternal function. In the remaining sections I argue for women’s participation in modernist innovation through radical aesthetics, radical perspectives or radical subject matter. In ‘The British Avant-Garde’, the most significant experimentalist is Edith Sitwell, but the less well-known work of Nancy Cunard, Iris Tree and Helen Rootham is also historically significant. ‘The Anglo-American Avant-Garde’ incorporates Mina Loy who was British but settled in the United States and American women who lived in Britain or who were indirectly influential through the network of writers in London, en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Ashgate en
dc.subject Women's poetry en
dc.subject modernism en
dc.subject British poetry en
dc.title Women, Modernism and British Poetry 1910-39: Resisting Femininity en
dc.type Book en
dc.researchgroup English Research Group en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en


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