Articles - July 2018

Barbara Will, unliking Stein, and scholarly malpractice

In Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Faÿ, and the Vichy Dilemma (Columbia University Press, 2011), Barbara Will examines a relationship not unlike Christopher Newman’s with Urbain de Bellegarde in Henry James’s The American

If there was no identity no one could be governed. — Gertrude Stein, “What Are Master-Pieces?” (1935)

Now there is no opposition to anything being together. — Gertrude Stein, Listen To Me (1936)

On being 'ill'-informed

H.D.'s late modernist poetics (of) d'espère

Image of H.D. above originally published in 'Tendencies in Modern American Poetry' by Amy Lowell, 1917; accessed via Wikimedia Commons.

In The H.D. Book, Robert Duncan aptly terms the work that H.D. produced during and after World War II a poetics of “testimony.”[1] In the last twenty years of her life, she experimented with new hybrid forms in both poetry and prose, writing major innovative works that bore witness to the public and shared trauma of World War II and responded to the ensuing rise of the Cold War. She was also increasingly chronicling the private trauma of disabling conditions following the war.[2

Illness is not a metaphor. — Susan Sontag

Illness is a kind of knowledge. — Anonymous