Making Love Modern: The Intimate Public Worlds of New Yorks Literary Women by Nina Miller

Making Love Modern: The Intimate Public Worlds of New Yorks Literary Women

byNina MillerAs told byNina Miler

Paperback | January 15, 1999

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In the teens and twenties, New York was home to a rich variety of literary subcultures. Within these intermingled worlds, gender lines and other boundaries were crossed in ways that were hardly imaginable in previous decades. Among the bohemians of Greenwich Village, the sophisticates of theAlgonquin Round Table, and the literati of the Harlem Renaissance, certain women found fresh, powerful voices through which to speak and write. Enda St. Vincent Millay and Dorothy Parker are now best remembered for their colorful lives; Genevieve Taggard, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Helene Johnson arehardly remembered at all. Yet each made a serious literary contribution to the meaning of modern femininity, relationship, and selfhood. Making Love Modern uncovers the deep historical sensitivity and interest in these women's love poetry. Placing their work in the context of subcultures nested within national culture, Nina Miller explores the tensions that make this literature so rewarding for contemporary readers. A poetry ofintimate expression, it also functioned powerfully as public assertion. The writers themselves were high-profile embodiments of femininity, the local representatives of New Womanhood within their male-centered subcultural worlds. This book captures the literary lives of these woman as well as thecomplex subcultures they inhabited--Harlem, the Village, and glamorous midtown Manhattan.

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Nina Miller, Associate Professor of English, teaches American literature, African American literature, and Women's Studies at Iowa State University. She is currently at work on a book about the lost history of Anarchism in US education.
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Title:Making Love Modern: The Intimate Public Worlds of New Yorks Literary WomenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:January 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"Making Love Modern is a fascinating and invaluable contribution to twentieth century U.S. literary history, reshaping powerfully the domains of modernism and women's literature. It narrates with intricate beauty the development of the ideal and the ideology of modern love, in literature andin general. Miller's intellectual patience, energy, and rigor are everywhere evident."--Laurent Berlant, University of Chicago