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H. D.’s Poetry: “the meanings that words hide”

Edited by Marina Camboni

LC 2002026237
ISBN-10: 0-404-61594-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-404-61594-9

AMS Studies in Modern Literature, No. 24

“This book raises the bar for future studies of H. D. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.”

—M. S. Vogeler, Choice

“. . . a welcome addition to scholarship on Hilda Doolittle’s poetry. . . . With its broad appeal to different critical movements, and its tendency to supplement existing scholarship with the interpretation of lesser known works, this collection is a fine addition to scholarship on H.D.’s poetry.

—Liana Sakelliou, EAAS

Critical control over Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961) began in 1912, when Ezra Pound promoted “H. D. Imagiste” as exemplar of the poetic movement he “invented” in part to showcase the young poet. In 1917, H. D. was already moving away from the movement, much to Pound’s chagrin. The typecasting stuck, however, in spite of her continued and broadened literary activities. H. D.’s husband Richard Aldington later claimed that “Ezra and Eliot pushed her aside ruthlessly.” H. D. herself wrote, “I say WHO is H. D.? They all think they know more about what and why she should or should not be or do than I.”

H. D.’s Poetry redresses this imbalance in the renascent spirit that has animated the past fifteen years. Eight international scholars examine the textual, linguistic, and rhetorical aspects of H. D’s poetry, from her early lyrics to the late poetic sequences. The three sections of the volume develop around formal rhetorical and thematic cores while following a chronological path. Through the writing runs the skein of a major female poet’s voice, the world in which it first sang, and the influences that brought it to fruition.



Part I. “Intricate songs’ lost measure”: The Early Lyrics
1. Diana Collecott, “‘She too is my poet’: H. D.’s Sapphic Fragments”
2. Eileen Gregory, “H. D.’s Heterodoxy: The Lyric as a Site of Resistance”
3. Marina Camboni, “Between Painting and Writing: Figures of Identity in H. D.’s Early Poetry”
4. Paola Zaccaria, “Beyond One and Two: The Palimpsest as Hieroglyph of Multiplicity and Relation”

Part II. “Write, write or die”: The Late Poetic Sequences
5. Marina Sbisà, “Subject and Gender in H. D.’s Trilogy
6. Patrizia Lendinara, “Binding Words and Feelings: Nominal Compounds in the Trilogy
7. Raffaella Baccolini, “‘And so remembrance brings us to this hour in which I strive to save identity’: Figures of Memory in H. D.’s Late Poetry”

Part III. “I escaped spider-snare, bird-claw, scavenger bird-beak”: The Poet’s Legacy
8. Kathleen Fraser, “The Blank Page: H. D.’s Invitation to Trust and Mistrust Language”

Selected Bibliography
Index of Works by H. D.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
H. D.’s Poetry: “the meanings that words hide”. Essays / edited by Marina Camboni.
     p. cm. — (AMS Studies in Modern Literature ; no. 24)
     Includes bibliographical references and index.
     ISBN 0-404-61594-5 (alk. paper)
     1. H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), 1886–1961—Criticism and interpretation.
     2. Women and literature—United States—History—20th century.
     3. H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), 1886–1961—Language.
     4. Feminist poetry—History and criticism.
     I.  Camboni, Marina.
     II. Series.
PS3507.O726 Z718 2003
811'.52—dc21                                                       2002026237