The University Press of Florida has just published Lara Vetter’s new book, A Curious Peril: H.D.’s Late Modernist Prose. The monograph offers readings of a range of H.D.’s post-World War II writing: The Sword Went Out to Sea, By Avon River, White Rose and the Red, The Mystery, Magic Mirror, Compassionate Friendship, and End to Torment, with briefer discussion of Thorn Thicket, the Hirslanden Notebooks, and, from earlier in H.D.’s career, The Moment and Palimpsest. It also includes a chronology of H.D.’s writing from this period and an appendix mapping works that H.D. owned or read that inform Vetter’s discussion.
The H.D. International Society invites scholars at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston to join us for “H.D.’s Aesthetics of Resistance.” From queering translation to surviving the blitz, H.D. is dedicated to resisting conventions and creating new literary forms for envisioning the new.
Friday May 26, 2017
11:10 am – 12:30 pm
Session 9-F H.D.’s Aesthetics of Resistance (Essex North Center, 3rd Floor) Organized by the H.D. International Society Chair: Celena Kusch, University of South Carolina Upstate
“‘This beauty is too much’: H.D. and Queering Translation,” Christian Bancroft, University of Houston
“Sex & the Over-Soul: H.D.’s Vision and the Birthing Body,” Alyssa Leann Duck, Emory University
“Psychic Blitzkrieg: Air Raids, Architecture and the Afterlife in the Wartime Literature of H.D.,” Sean Richardson, Nottingham Trent University
“‘Looking into the Future’: H.D., William Morris, and Delia Alton,” Bret Keeling, Northeastern University
The edited collection Modernist Women Writers
and Spirituality: A Piercing Darkness, edited by Elizabeth Anderson, Andrew Radford, and Heather Walton, has been released by Palgrave (January 2017). Contributions by Suzanne Hobson and Matte Robinson focus on H.D., alongside chapters devoted to a range of other modernist women writers, including Mary Butts, Jane Harrison, Dora Marsden, and many more.
Poet and H.D. Scholar, Cynthia Hogue, has published her ninth poetry collection, In June the Labyrinth(Red Hen Press, 2017). This book-length poetry sequence shares a mythopoetic approach often found in H.D.’s poetry as well. Excerpts from In June the Labyrinth have also been featured in Tupelo Quarterly.
Cynthia Hogue served as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University in the Spring of 2014. She was a 2015 NEA Fellow in Translation, and holds the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University.
The new journal FeministModernist Studies has launched, with many congratulations to Cassandra Laity, founding editor. Please see the call for papers for the first issue, a double issue, through the link, and feel free to circulate widely. The deadline is April 15:
The H.D. International Society invites paper submissions for the proposed panel it is organizing, “Feminist/Queer Temporality,” for the Modernist Studies Association conference in Amsterdam, August 10-13, 2017. In keeping with MSA 19’s main theme, “Modernism Today,” and one of its subthemes, “Modernist Chronologies,” we seek papers that examine what modernist women writers do with history, deep time, plural vs. singular temporalities, speed, nostalgia, or futurity. How do modernist women writers (H.D. and/or her female modernist contemporaries) produce feminist or queer temporality?
Please send a 250 word paper abstract and a brief bio/CV to Rebecca Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 27, 2017.
The H.D. International Society will again be sponsoring a panel at the American Literature Association conference, May 25-28, 2017, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. The call for paper proposals is open ended, although projects working with some aspect of H.D.’s later writing would be particularly welcome given the recent publications of H.D. editions and their scholarly framings. Please send a brief paper proposal (250 words) along with a short biography/CV to Celena Kusch, email@example.com, no later than January 26, 2017.
H.D.’s archival records include correspondence from 213 individual correspondents, ranging from family and childhood friends to the central writers and editors of literary modernism.
By mapping the inter-relationships among these correspondents, we can retrace the shape of Modernist networks that are often female-centered, America-centered, and familial.
Correspondents are sorted in nodes based upon the people who introduced H.D. to members of the wider network. Major nodes are anchored by Frances Gregg Wilkinson, Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, Bryher, Edith Sitwell, Sylvia Dobson, and Norman Holmes Pearson.
Xoxox Press, a small press publisher in Gambier, Ohio, has issued a novella by Michelle Auerbach, titled Alice Modern.
Modernist poet H.D. and her lover, Winifred Ellerman (known as Bryher), are central protagonists in a graceful, erotically lush novella of 1930s Europe. Young Alice Modern tells the tale of leaving her bourgeois Jewish home in Vienna to work as a nanny in the household of H.D. and Bryher, caring for their young child Perdita. Entranced by the keen literary lives of “Kat” and “Gryphon” in Switzerland, Alice begins to transcend her tightly-bound life and discover who she is and might become. Her world opens and her sexuality awakens in a time of political turmoil and existential hazard, reckoning with her own inner storms and the approaching flames of fascism and holocaust.
“This taut, handsome tale brings the gone world so gleamingly to life you could imagine it was all happening just yesterday or earlier today or even tomorrow. Not only does Auerbach write excellent sentences, she deploys them with great care and craft to build a gripping tale of war, love, friendship, and the deep wells of the mind.” — Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome and Kind One