"Cultures of Modernism" explores how the structure and location of
literary communities significantly influence who writes, what they
write about, and their openness to formal experimentation. These
influences particularly affect women writers. Author Cristanne
Miller notes striking patterns of similarity in the concerns and
lives of women living in geographically distant centers of
modernist production. She looks at three significant poets---the
American Marianne Moore, the British expatriate Mina Loy, and the
German Else Lasker-Schuler---in the context of cultural, national,
and local elements to argue that location significantly affected
their performances of subjectivity, gender, race, and religion. The
first book of its kind, "Cultures of Modernism" breaks new ground
while it contributes to the ongoing reconception of the modernist
"A fascinating, provocative, and genuinely original study of a
'different' modernism in poetry---namely, the Modernism of women
---Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University
"An important and ambitious work that makes major contributions
to the fields of gender studies and modernist studies, and to the
study of modernist poetry."
---Robin Schulze, Pennsylvania State University
"Offers a welcome corrective to the unreflective critical
tendency . . . to make broad claims about the historical
experiences and cultural conundrums of 'women, ' and particularly
'women writers.' Miller offers tour-de-force comparative readings .
. . threading together the world-historical with the personal,
poetics with the political, and wielding the instruments of
scansion as deftly as a surgeon."
---"Modernism/modernity," The Official Journal ofthe Modernist
Cristanne Miller is Edward H. Butler Professor of English and
Chair of the English Department at the University of Buffalo, State
University of New York.
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