Penelopes Web: Gender, Modernity, H. D.s Fiction by Susan Stanford FriedmanPenelopes Web: Gender, Modernity, H. D.s Fiction by Susan Stanford Friedman

Penelopes Web: Gender, Modernity, H. D.s Fiction

bySusan Stanford Friedman

Paperback | February 4, 2008

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Penelope's Web should appeal to a wide spectrum of readers interested in twentieth-century modernism, women's writing, feminist criticism, post-structuralist theory, psychoanalysis, autobiography, and women's studies. It is the first book to examine fully the brilliantly innovative prose writings of H.D., the pen-name for Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), who has been known primarily as a poet. Her prose, more personal, experimental, and postmodern than her poetry, raises central questions about the relation of women writers to language, desire, and history. She suppressed in her lifetime many of these texts because of their daring exploration of her bisexuality and their radical critique of the social order. H.D.'s prose writings contribute importantly to the many histories and theories of modernism that are redrawing boundaries to include the achievement of women writers.
Title:Penelopes Web: Gender, Modernity, H. D.s FictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:500 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.1 inPublished:February 4, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521050014

ISBN - 13:9780521050012

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: the double weave of H. D.'s prose modernism; 1. 'H. D. - WHO is she?': discourses of self-creation; 2. Origins: rescriptions of desire in HER; 3. Madrigals: love, war and the the return of the repressed; 4. Borderlines: diaspora in the history novels and the Dijon series; 5. Rebirths: re/membering the father and mother; Coda: bridging the double discourse in H. D.' Oeuvre; Chronology: dating H. D.'s writing; Notes; Works cited; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...Friedman's contribution to the burgeoning field of scholarship on this once-neglected author of lyric and epic poetry, historical novels, romans à clef, memoirs, and 'tributes' to Ezra Pound and Sigmund Freud is unparalleled....Friedman's Penelope's Web is an exemplary affirmative reading of H.D.'s work: a powerful new reading of her many and extremely varied prose writings; a provocative study by an American feminist who is self-consciously negotiating with post-structuralist theories of language and subjectivity while at the same time reaffirming her commitment to the idea of female-centered poetics." Ann Ardis, Novel