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Using a Visual Understanding Environment to Understand H.D.’s Networks of Influence

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.

See Bryher's influence throughout H.D.'s Network of Correspondents in this Node Map of the people in H.D.'s archives of correspondence.

See Bryher’s influence throughout H.D.’s Network of Correspondents in this Node Map of the people in H.D.’s archives of correspondence.

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.

Readers who would like to view the full map can download the VUE application at the Tufts Visual Understanding Environment Website. Then use it to open this file (file will download to your computer).

This Map of H.D.’s correspondence was developed by Dr. Celena E. Kusch and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence

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Excerpt from Larry Jordan’s 1990 film The H.D. Trilogy

View a scene from Larry Jordan’s 1990 film The H.D. Trilogy, featuring poet Joanna McClure reading passages from H.D.’s Hermetic Definition.

Tandy Cronyn Recites H.D.’s “Sheltered Garden” for PoetryTheatre

PoetryTheatre offers a dramatic recitation of H.D.’s “Sheltered Garden,” which just happens to be my favorite poem from Sea Garden. Show this alongside “Helen” or “Sea Rose” when teaching H.D. out of limited anthologies, and watch the students’ readings open up in delightful directions.

Paul Robeson’s Transatlantic Welsh Concert Audio

Listen to the introduction and first song of the Transatlantic Welsh Concert performed by Paul Robeson in 1957 after his passport was revoked and he was unable to travel to the UK. The clip on YouTube includes the introduction to the concert by Will Paynter, president of the South Wales Miners, as well as Paul Robeson’s comments and “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel.” The SAIN Wales label includes a biography of Robeson through a Welsh lens as well as a downloadable copy of Robeson’s complete Transatlantic Exchange Concerts.

 

“Borderline Breakdown” Montage by Brianna Harris

Brianna Harris’s YouTube site notes that she uses this montage of Borderline scenes when she teaches the film at Hampshire College. She writes, “I used the footage from the silent film “Borderline 1930″ to emphasize the themes of relationships, affairs, and racism vs. romance. You also see themes of gender roles and betrayal, truth, shame, and murder.” The contemporary soundtrack adds emphasis to those themes as well. This montage is great for those wishing to teach the film without showing the whole film in class as well as for anyone wishing to contrast the experience of the 1930 silent film with contemporary film viewing practice.

Nicknames and Acronyms Used by H.D. and her Circle

This page from one of H.D.'s scrapbooks features 10 images of men in bathing suits and beach wear and H.D. in a sun hat, arrayed in a fan around a black, red, and white roulette wheel. One image centered at the bottom of the page shows H.D. and what appears to be Kenneth Macpherson seated at a small table with steps and other cafe tables behind. These images most likely record their trip to Monte Carlo and include images of Robert Herring as well as Macpherson, described in Herring's books, Cactus Coast (Imprimerie Darantiere, 1934). [Note on image by Celena Kusch]. Photo from Yale Collection of American Literature. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.H.D.’s letters and even published writing are riddled with nicknames and acronyms (e.g. Fido, Beaver, Bear, Pup, Dactyl, Buddy, Cole, and so many more). Louis Silverstein published a key to those nicknames in the H.D. Newsletter in 1987, and that list remains an invaluable reference today.

Want to Keep in Touch with the H.D. International Society?

Egyptian Cat Postcard from H.D. files

Egyptian Cat Postcard from H.D. files. Public Domain.

Just a reminder. There are three quick ways to stay posted on H.D.-related news and information:

  1. Join the H.D. Society LISTSERV, coordinated by Lara Vetter at UNC-Charlotte
  2. Join the LondonHD Facebook group, administered by Amy Evans
  3. Use the #HDModernist hashtag on Twitter

Please pass along society contact information to your friends and colleagues who are studying H.D. and her circle.

The (Modernist) Social Network Williams H.D. Pound Moore

Images of Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, and H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) from the cover page of The (Modernist) Social Network Facebook Group

Images of Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, and H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) from the cover page of The (Modernist) Social Network Facebook Group

Join this Facebook Group, The (Modernist) Social Network Williams H.D. Pound Moore, for a weekly free, open seminar hosted by Eric Alan Weinstein at UPenn.

I Found It at the Watkinson! Blog Archive Palimpsest by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)

Check out this blog post about the material details of a first edition of H.D.’s Palimpsest by a student researcher at the Watkinson Library at Trinity College.

Book Cover H.D.,'s Palimpsest from the I Found It at the Watkinson! Blog

Book Cover H.D.,’s Palimpsest from the I Found It at the Watkinson! Blog

Timeline of H.D.’s Publications and Manuscript Production

Screen Shot of the Timeline of H.D.'s Publications

Screen Shot of the Timeline of H.D.’s Publications

For a multimedia bibliography of H.D.’s publications, including both dates of composition and publication, see this interactive timeline.

This project was compiled by Celena E. Kusch and Kristian Wilson in 2014-2015, with entries based on information in the Silverstein Chronology.