H. D. and the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Gender, Modernism, Decadence by Cassandra LaityH. D. and the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Gender, Modernism, Decadence by Cassandra Laity

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

byCassandra Laity

Paperback | February 12, 2009

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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.
Title:H. D. and the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Gender, Modernism, DecadenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:February 12, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052110789X

ISBN - 13:9780521107891

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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.

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"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