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H. D. and the Victorian Fin de Siècle
Gender, Modernism, Decadence

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: February 2009
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521107891

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  • H.D. and the Victorian Fin de Siècle argues that the twentieth-century American woman poet H.D. shaped an alternative poetic modernism of female desire from the "feminine" personae, images and forms of Decadent Romanticism that male modernists such as T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and W.B. Yeats denounced as "effeminate." The book is the first examination of female modernism to demonstrate extensively the impact of the Decadents and their fluid poetics of androgyny, homoeroticism and role reversal on a modernist woman writer.

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    "...insightful, often subtle, consistently intelligent and well-supported with specific evidence drwn from primary and secondary sources..." Caroline Zilboorg, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

    "Cassandra Laity works within well-established feminist configuration of H.D.'s `gender trouble' to probe an essentially unexamined literary nexus. "This study succeeds as a large-scale map of new territory,...." Frances Kerr, American Literature

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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521107891
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: Dramatis Personae: The Aesthete Androgyne and the Femme Fatale
    1. The Rhetoric of Anti-Romanticism: gendered genealogies of male modernism
    2. H. D.'s Early Decadent Masks and Images: HER
    Sea Garden
    Part I. The Aesthete Androgyne:
    3. Writing the Decadent Boy Androgyne: Whiteness, Diaphaneite, Poikilia and Male Statuary
    4. Across Gender, across Sexuality: H. D.'s male masking and the sexual narrative: Hippolytus Temporarizes, 'Heliodroa'
    Part II. The Femme Fatale:
    5. Towards a Revised Myth of Origins: from the diaphanous androgyne to the abject femme fatale
    6. From Agon to 'Heros Fatale': Pre-Raphaelite transformations of male modernism/modernity
    7. Feminine Abjection and Trilogy
    Postscript
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Cassandra Laity, Drew University, New Jersey

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