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Poetics of the feminine : authority and literary tradition in William Carlos Williams, Mina Loy, Denise Levertov, and Kathleen Fraser

Author: Linda A Kinnahan
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 74.
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This book examines the early work of William Carlos Williams in relationship to a woman's tradition of American poetry, as represented by Mina Loy, Denise Levertov, and Kathleen Fraser - three generations of women poets working in or directly from a modernist tradition. Joining revisionary studies of literary history, Professor Kinnahan sees Williams's work as both developing from the poetics of modernist women and  Read more...
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Named Person: Kathleen Fraser; Denise Levertov; William Carlos Williams; Mina Loy; Kathleen Fraser; Denise Levertov; William Carlos Williams; Mina Loy; Kathleen Fraser; Denise Levertov; William Carlos Williams; Mina Loy
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Linda A Kinnahan
ISBN: 0521451272 9780521451277
OCLC Number: 28375773
Description: xi, 285 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. "The Full of My Freed Voice": Williams and Loy, Feminism and the Feminine --
The New Freewoman, the Egoist, and the Feminine --
The Feminist Movement, Mina Loy, and Others --
The Feminine as Resistance to Authority --
2. In The American Grain: Proclaiming a Feminine Ground --
A Maternal Model for Tradition --
History's Myth of Discovery: Mastery's "outward thrust" --
The Feminine Ground of Contact: "a moral source not reckoned with" --
Language and the Local: "a woman drawing to herself ... myriad points of sound" --
3. Denise Levertov: The Daughter's Voice --
A Maternal Mode of Authority: "The voice / a wave rising" --
A Discourse in Compassion: "Revolution in the poem --
The Houses of Tradition: "rise up / with changed vision" --
4. Kathleen Fraser: A Tradition of Marginality --
Language Innovation and a Feminist Poetics: "to re-write the flood" --
Language Dis-ease: "What structure gagged me?" --
Language, Gender, and Tradition: "inside / (jittery / burned language)" --
Spring and All: New and Hidden Tradition --
Conclusion: Paterson and the Question of Authority.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 74.
Responsibility: Linda A. Kinnahan.
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This book examines the early work of William Carlos Williams in relationship to a woman's tradition of American poetry, as represented by Mina Loy, Denise Levertov, and Kathleen Fraser - three generations of women poets working in or directly from a modernist tradition. Joining revisionary studies of literary history, Professor Kinnahan sees Williams's work as both developing from the poetics of modernist women and as influencing subsequent generations of American women poets. Williams's poetry and prose of the 1910s and 1920s is read as a struggle with issues of gender authority in relationship to poetic tradition and voice. Linda Kinnahan traces notions of the feminine and the maternal that develop as Williams seeks to create a modern poetics. The impact of first-wave American feminism is examined through an extended analysis of Mina Loy's poetry as a source of a feminist modernism for Williams. Levertov and Fraser are discussed as poetic daughters of Williams who strive to define their voices as women and to reclaim an enabling poetic tradition. In the process, each woman's negotiations with poetic authority and tradition call into question the relationship of poetic father and daughter. Positioning Williams in relationship to these three generations of Anglo-American women writing within or descending from the modernist movement, the book pursues two questions: What can women poets, writing with an informed awareness of Williams, teach us about his modernist poetics of contact, and just as importantly, what can they teach us about the process, for women, of constructing a writing self within a male-dominated tradition?

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