The Spirit of Revolt Women Writers Archives and the Cold War Modernism/Modernity Print Plus

Raised fist with the caption Persist serves as the title image for the Mind the Gap! Cluster on modernism and feminism at Modernism/modernity's Print Plus platformThis month’s Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform features “Mind the Gap! Modernism and Feminist Praxis.” Articles by Madelyn Detloff, Anne Fernald, Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, and Ewa Ziarek take up the issue from a range of perspectives. Kennedy-Epstein’s “The Spirit of Revolt: Women Writers, Archives and the Cold War” begins with a curricular debate about the role and literary heft of H.D. in modernist studies today. Her defense of H.D. and other modernist women writers is wide-ranging and offers a compelling argument for ensuring that women writers feature prominently in the literary landscape.

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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.

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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the introduction and first song of the Transatlantic Welsh Concert performed by Paul Robeson in 1957 after his passport was revoked and he was unable to travel to the UK.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.

 

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“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.

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

Photo images of Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, and H.D. from the early 1920s, posted as the cover image of the (Modernist) Social Network Facebook Group Page, posted by Eric Alan Weinstein. UPenn.
Photo images of Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, and H.D. from the cover image of the (Modernist) Social Network Facebook Group Page, posted by Eric Alan Weinstein. UPenn.

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.

Recent seminars have featured Susan McCabe discussing Paint It Today (written in 1919) and Rebecca Bowler introducing Borderline (1930).

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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.

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H.D.’s Circle of Correspondence at Spicy Nodes

Screen Shot of Node Map of H.D. Correspondents
Screen Shot of Node Map of H.D. Correspondents

Although H.D.’s circle extends beyond the people in her files of correspondence, it is possible to map her circle of friends, acquaintances, and correspondents, based on her archives. The map below shows all of her correspondents based on the finding aids in the Beinecke, Bryn Mawr, and several other special collections libraries (Go to SpicyNodes to see it in full screen). Any overlaps with Bryher’s files of correspondence are also indicated. Click any name to expand and explore further connections. Contacts are nested under the people who introduced H.D. to them. Created by Dr. Celena E. Kusch, co-chair H.D. International Society.

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