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CFP for MSA 2014: “Modernist Women after The Career of that Struggle: New Scholarship on H.D. and Her Circle” (abstracts due Apr 20)

Modernist Studies Association Conference PosterThe H.D. International Society invites paper abstracts for a proposed panel for the Modernist Studies Association conference (Pittsburgh, Nov. 6-9, 2014),  “Modernist Women after The Career of that Struggle: New Scholarship on H.D. and Her Circle.”In recognition of Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s position as keynote speaker for the 2014 conference, the H.D. International Society calls for contributions to a panel considering the legacy of her early criticism, H.D.: The Career of that Struggle(1986), and proposing new directions in modernist studies of H.D. and her circle. We are working with Rachel Blau DuPlessis about the possibility of having her respond to the papers in this panel.In her preface, DuPlessis maps women writers on a matrix of authority, including cultural authority, the authority of otherness/marginality, gender authority, and authorities of sexuality/eroticism, noting that achieving these forms of authority necessarily involves struggle. In the nearly three decades since DuPlessis made her argument, H.D. has gained significantly in the struggle for canonical status, and her writing and that of others in her circle has gained centrality, if not authority, within modernist studies. As we reflect both backward and forward on this body of scholarly work, how should scholars today define the career and the struggle of H.D. and/or other modernist women in her circle?

Submit brief bios and 250-word abstracts by April 20 to and



H.D. and Modernity 2013 Paris Conference Collection Released

blue book cover of H.D. and Modernity essay collectionThe first English-language collection of essays from the 2013 H.D. and Modernity Conference in Paris are now available. H.D. and Modernity, edited by Hélène Aji, Antoine Cazé, Agnès Derail-Imbert, and Clément Oudart, includes essays by Marc Porée, Hélène Aji, Marina Camboni, Antoine Cazé, Richard Cole, Claire Connileau, Sara Dunton, Michael Heller, Nicholas Manning, Clément Oudart, Matthias Somers, Demetrios P. Tryphonopoulos, and Rebecca Walsh. Order print version or e-book online.


Voice project: ‘Helen in Egypt’

Screen Capture of Nic Sebastian's Voice Project: 'Helen in Egypt' featuring columns carved with hieroglypics

Nic Sebastian has posted the final results of a year-long voice project to “know” H.D.’s Helen in Egypt by voicing it. The result is a fully indexed and organized audio version of H.D.’s 1961 poem. This audio project is authorized by New Directions Press, and it would make a lovely complement to those teaching all or part of the poem



MLA 15 Panel CFP: Pound’s Presence in H.D. and Bryher’s Writing

CFP: Pound’s Presence in H.D. and Bryher’s Writing

The Ezra Pound Society and the H.D. Society invite abstracts for this non-guaranteed session at MLA 15. Pound’s direct impact upon H.D.’s writing is not limited to their early collaboration as Imagists; whether regarded as nurturing or negative, his presence reverberates. Consider how both H.D. and Bryher’s lives and work engage with Pound’s aesthetic, personal, and political activities throughout their careers.

Evidence of their interaction might be found in critical writing and correspondence; representations of Pound in fiction and memoirs; poetic practices. All aspects welcome: including engagement with visual culture, publishing, politics, the occult.  Please submit brief bio statements, 250-word abstracts by March 14th, 2014 to Susan Mccabe ( and/or Sara Dunton ( Panelists must be current members of MLA.


Conference Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Conference Dates: January 8-11, 2015



Women Modernists and Spirituality: a Symposium – University of Stirling, 22-23 May 2014

Recent criticism in modernist studies indicates a growing interest in the relationship between spirituality (broadly understood to include religious structures and practices as well as less traditional engagements with the sacred) and modernist discourse. This symposium aims to bring modernism and spirituality together with research on women modernists, many of whom still call for greater critical attention. It will focus on women modernists and foreground gender in analysis of modernism and spirituality in order to highlight and problematise issues including the relationships between spirituality and embodiment, authority, domesticity, the public sphere and creative practice. From Edith Sitwell’s incarnational poetics to Mary Butts’s pagan landscapes; from Elizabeth Smart’s engagement with the King James Bible to Dorothy Richardson’s interest in Quakerism, the symposium seeks to address spirituality in all its guises in the work of modernist women. Papers are not limited to literary criticism; the symposium invites papers that consider a range of modernist fields, including art, film, music, philosophy, etc.

Lara Vetter will be one of the keynote speakers, addressing issues of spirituality in H.D.

Please send abstracts of 250-350 words to Elizabeth Anderson ( by 3 March 2014. Please see the attached CFP for more details.


Web Site Welcome

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) Photograph of H.D. Courtesy of American Literature, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; and of New Directions Publishing Corp. Photo portrait of H.D. facing to the right, bathed in sunlight.Welcome to the new H.D International Society Web site.

On this site, we will offer details about society membership, events, and calls for papers. We will also curate a number of online H.D. resources and offer tips for scholars who wish to study H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) in the archives of the Beinecke Special Collections Library or elsewhere.

Please feel free to add your own comments, updates, and posts about H.D. information here as well.

Celena Kusch and Rebecca Walsh, co-chairs, H.D. International Society