Ghostwriting ModernismGhostwriting Modernism

Finally, she accounts for the recent proliferation of a spiritualist-influenced vocabulary (ghostliness, hauntings, the uncanny) in the works of historians, sociologists, philosophers, and especially literary critics and theorists ...

Author: Helen Sword

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501717666


Page: 232

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Spiritualism is often dismissed by literary critics and historians as merely a Victorian fad. Helen Sword demonstrates that it continued to flourish well into the twentieth century and seeks to explain why. Literary modernism, she maintains, is replete with ghosts and spirits. In Ghostwriting Modernism she explores spiritualism's striking persistence and what she calls "the vexed relationship between mediumistic discourse and modernist literary aesthetics." Sword begins with a brief historical review of popular spiritualism's roots in nineteenth-century literary culture. In subsequent chapters, she discusses the forms of mediumship most closely allied with writing, the forms of writing most closely allied with mediumship, and the thematic and aesthetic alliances between popular spiritualism and modernist literature. Finally, she accounts for the recent proliferation of a spiritualist-influenced vocabulary (ghostliness, hauntings, the uncanny) in the works of historians, sociologists, philosophers, and especially literary critics and theorists. Documenting the hitherto unexplored relationship between spiritualism and modern authors (some credulous, some skeptical), Sword offers compelling readings of works by James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, H.D., James Merrill, Sylvia Plath, and Ted Hughes. Even as modernists mock spiritualism's ludicrous lingo and deride its metaphysical excesses, she finds, they are intrigued and attracted by its ontological shiftiness, its blurring of the traditional divide between high culture and low culture, and its self-serving tendency to favor form over content (medium, so to speak, over message). Like modernism itself, Sword asserts, spiritualism embraces rather than eschews paradox, providing an ideological space where conservative beliefs can coexist with radical, even iconoclastic, thought and action.

Modernism at the MicrophoneModernism at the Microphone

Sword writes on this distinction in Ghostwriting Modernism: “Spiritualism is not the same as occultism, with which it is often confused; whereas the latter promises ancient, esoteric knowledge to a select group of initiates, ...

Author: Melissa Dinsman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472595096


Page: 256

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As the Second World War raged throughout Europe, modernist writers often became crucial voices in the propaganda efforts of both sides. Modernism at the Microphone: Radio, Propaganda, and Literary Aesthetics During World War II is a comprehensive study of the role modernist writers' radio works played in the propaganda war and the relationship between modernist literary aesthetics and propaganda. Drawing on new archival research, the book covers the broadcast work of such key figures as George Orwell, Orson Welles, Dorothy L. Sayers, Louis MacNeice, Mulk Raj Anand, T.S. Eliot, and P.G. Wodehouse. In addition to the work of Anglo-American modernists, Melissa Dinsman also explores the radio work of exiled German writers, such as Thomas Mann, as well as Ezra Pound's notorious pro-fascist broadcasts. In this way, the book reveals modernism's engagement with new technologies that opened up transnational boundaries under the pressures of war.

Angels of ModernismAngels of Modernism

She lists some of what she considers to be the most important publications in Ghostwriting Modernism (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2002), p. 160. Sword, Ghostwriting Modernism, see e.g. pp. 3, 7, 13; and Pamela Thurschwell, ...

Author: S. Hobson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230349643


Page: 226

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The angel can be viewed as a signal reference to modernist attempts to accommodate religious languages to self-consciously modern cultures. This book uses the angel to explore the relations between modernist literature and early twentieth-century debates over the secular and/or religious character of the modern age.

Lesbian ModernismLesbian Modernism

On H.D.'s engagement with spiritualism and the occult see Sword, Ghostwriting Modernism; on Richardson and mysticism see Winning, The Pilgrimage of Dorothy Richardson, pp. 146–51; on Gurdjieff, see Rauve, 'An Intersection of Interests'; ...

Author: English Elizabeth English

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748693740


Page: 224

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The first book-length study to explore the importance of genre fiction for the body of literature we call lesbian modernismElizabeth English explores the aesthetic dilemma prompted by the censorship of Radclyffe Hall's novel The Well of Loneliness in 1928. Faced with legal and financial reprisals, women writers were forced to question how they might represent lesbian identity and desire. Modernist experimentation has often been seen as a response to this problem, but English breaks new ground by arguing that popular genre fictions offered a creative strategy against the threat of detection and punishment. Her study examines a range of responses to this dilemma by offering illuminating close readings of fantasy, crime, and historical fictions written by both mainstream and modernist authors. English introduces hitherto neglected women writers from diverse backgrounds and draws on archival material examined here for the first time to remap the topography of 1920s-1940s lesbian literature and to reevaluate the definition of lesbian modernism.Key Features:Rethinks the lesbian modernist project to demonstrate that genre fiction not only influenced modernist writers such as Woolf and Stein but also found its way into their ostensibly highbrow workBrings to light hitherto neglected mainstream writers working in popular genres who contributed to the lesbian modernist aestheticSituates Katharine Burdekin within the context of lesbian modernism for the first time, employing hitherto unseen archive material (including letters and manuscripts)Divided into three broad multi-author genres (fantasy, historical and detective fictions), the study covers popular fictions such as utopian writing, the supernatural, historical biography, historical romance, and the classic country-house crime novel


'Crash (Speed as Engine of Individuation)', Modernism/ modernity, 6: 1–50. Schleifer, Ronald 2001. Modernism and Time:The Logic of Abundance in Literature, Science, and Culture, 1880–1930. ... Ghostwriting Modernism.

Author: Tim Armstrong

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745629834


Page: 176

View: 251

"In this study aimed at a general and student audience, Tim Armstrong seeks to define modernism not only by its aesthetics and literary genres but also by its links with broader cultural areas in which the 'modern' is implicated and debated, and which inform its representational modes." - Besedilo s hrbta knj.

Ghost Writing in Contemporary American FictionGhost Writing in Contemporary American Fiction

... again opposing the living to the dead, and the actual to the inactual. She is interested in “a concept—spectrality— adopted as an analytical tool” (9). Helen Sword, in Ghostwriting Modernism (2002), is interested in the way ...

Author: David Coughlan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137410245


Page: 224

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This book examines representations of the specter in American twentieth and twenty-first-century fiction. David Coughlan’s innovative structure has chapters on Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, and Philip Roth alternating with shorter sections detailing the significance of the ghost in the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, particularly within the context of his 1993 text, Specters of Marx. Together, these accounts of phantoms, shadows, haunts, spirit, the death sentence, and hospitality provide a compelling theoretical context in which to read contemporary US literature. Ghost Writing in Contemporary American Fiction argues at every stage that there is no self, no relation to the other, no love, no home, no mourning, no future, no trace of life without the return of the specter—that is, without ghost writing.

Modernism and MagicModernism and Magic

It is this relation that the most comprehensive investigation of occult practice and modernist form so far – Helen Sword's Ghostwriting Modernism (2002) – takes on. Sword, in contrast to Timothy Materer, does attempt to ask why ...

Author: Leigh Wilson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748672332


Page: 256

View: 976

Explores the interplay between modernist experiment and occult discourses in the early twentieth century

Incredible ModernismIncredible Modernism

... Helen Sword on the connection between mediumship and modernist aesthetics, in Ghostwriting Modernism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002), xi; and Pamela Thurschwell on the Society for Psychical Research in Literature, ...

Author: John Attridge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317117544


Page: 258

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With the twentieth century came a new awareness of just how much an individual was obliged to accept on trust, and this heightened awareness of social trust in turn prompted new kinds of anxiety about fraudulence and deception. Beginning with the premise that the traditional liberal concept of trust as a ’bond of society’ entered a period of crisis around the turn of the twentieth century, this collection examines the profound influence of this shift on a wide range of modernist writers, including James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, H.D., Ford Madox Ford, Samuel Beckett, Ralph Ellison and Wallace Stevens. In examining the importance of trust and fraudulence during the period, the contributors take up a diverse set of topics related to reception, the institutions of modernism, the history of authorship, the nature of representation, authenticity, genre, social order and politics. Taken as a whole, Incredible Modernism provides concrete historical coordinates for the study of twentieth-century trust, while also arguing that a problem of trust is central to the institutions and formal innovations of modernism itself.

Disciplining ModernismDisciplining Modernism

Ghostwriting Modernism. Ithaca and London: Cornell UP, 2002. Thompson, Kristin. Breaking the Glass Armor: Neoformalist Film Analysis. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1988. ———. Exporting Entertainment. London: British Film Institute, 1985.

Author: P. Caughie

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230274297


Page: 296

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A Poiret dress, a Catholic shrine in France, Thomas Wallis's Hoover Factory building, an Edna Manley sculpture, the poetry of Bei Dao, the internal combustion engine- what makes such artifacts modernist? Disciplining Modernism explores the different ways disciplines conceive modernism and modernity, undisciplining modernist studies in the process.

Viral ModernismViral Modernism

Helen Sword's excellent Ghostwriting Modernism (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2002) explores modernism and spiritualism. Jenny Hazelgrove, Spiritualism and British Society Between the Wars (Manchester: Manchester University ...

Author: Elizabeth Outka

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231546317


Page: 341

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The influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 took the lives of between 50 and 100 million people worldwide, and the United States suffered more casualties than in all the wars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries combined. Yet despite these catastrophic death tolls, the pandemic faded from historical and cultural memory in the United States and throughout Europe, overshadowed by World War One and the turmoil of the interwar period. In Viral Modernism, Elizabeth Outka reveals the literary and cultural impact of one of the deadliest plagues in history, bringing to light how it shaped canonical works of fiction and poetry. Outka shows how and why the contours of modernism shift when we account for the pandemic’s hidden but widespread presence. She investigates the miasmic manifestations of the pandemic and its spectral dead in interwar Anglo-American literature, uncovering the traces of an outbreak that brought a nonhuman, invisible horror into every community. Viral Modernism examines how literature and culture represented the virus’s deathly fecundity, as writers wrestled with the scope of mass death in the domestic sphere amid fears of wider social collapse. Outka analyzes overt treatments of the pandemic by authors like Katherine Anne Porter and Thomas Wolfe and its subtle presence in works by Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, and W. B. Yeats. She uncovers links to the disease in popular culture, from early zombie resurrection to the resurgence of spiritualism. Viral Modernism brings the pandemic to the center of the era, revealing a vast tragedy that has hidden in plain sight.

Modernism Evolution of an IdeaModernism Evolution of an Idea

Treating many of the same figures, Michael Golston in Rhythm and Race in Modernist Poetry and Science (2008) argues that ... Studies like Helen Sword's Ghostwriting Modernism (2002) and Alex Owen's The Darkened Room: Women, Power, ...

Author: Sean Latham

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472529152


Page: 272

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What exactly is “modernism”? And how and why has its definition changed over time? Modernism: Evolution of an Idea is the first book to trace the development of the term “modernism” from cultural debates in the early twentieth century to the dynamic contemporary field of modernist studies. Rather than assuming and recounting the contributions of modernism's chief literary and artistic figures, this book focuses on critical formulations and reception through topics such as: - The evolution of “modernism” from a pejorative term in intellectual arguments, through its condemnation by Pope Pius X in 1907, and on to its subsequent centrality to definitions of new art by T. S. Eliot, Laura Riding and Robert Graves, F. R. Leavis, Edmund Wilson, and Clement Greenberg - New Criticism and its legacies in the formation of the modernist canon in anthologies, classrooms, and literary histories - The shifting conceptions of modernism during the rise of gender and race studies, French theory, Marxist criticism, postmodernism, and more - The New Modernist Studies and its contemporary engagements with the politics, institutions, and many cultures of modernism internationally With a glossary of key terms and movements and a capacious critical bibliography, this is an essential survey for students and scholars working in modernist studies at all levels.

Modernism and the Crisis of SovereigntyModernism and the Crisis of Sovereignty

“Eliot: Modernism, Postmodernism, and After.” The Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot, ... The Great War and the Language of Modernism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, ... Ghostwriting Modernism. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, ...

Author: Andrew John Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135024697


Page: 256

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This book describes how three of the most significant Anglophone writers of the first half of the twentieth century – Yeats, Eliot, and Woolf – wrestled with a geopolitical situation in which national boundaries had come to seem increasingly permeable at the same time as war among (and within) individual nation-states had come to seem virtually inescapable. Drawing on Jean-François Lyotard's analysis of the elements of performativity in J.L. Austin's speech act theory, and making critical use of Carl Schmitt’s writings on sovereignty and world order, Miller situates the writings of Yeats, Eliot, and Woolf in the context of what Lyotard describes as a "civil war of language." By virtue of its dissolution of any clear boundary between "interiority" and "exteriority," as well as by virtue of its resistance to any decisive form of resolution or regulation, this "civil war of language" takes on dimensions that are ultimately global in scope. Miller examines the emergence of modernism as bound up with a crisis of personal, political, and aesthetic sovereignty that undermined traditional distinctions between the public and private. In the process, he directly engages with the theoretical discourse surrounding the geopolitical impact of globalization and biopolitics: a discourse that is central to the influential and widely-debated work of such varied figures as Carl Schmitt, Hardt and Negri, Giorgio Agamben, and Jean-Luc Nancy. This book will be of interest to anyone concerned not only with twentieth-century literature but also with questions of nationalism and globalization.

Speculative ModernismSpeculative Modernism

... Lee Hawkins 1 “The Gateway of the Monster” 175 Gelula, Abner J. 153–154 Genzlinger, Neil 214 Gernsback, Hugo 23–25, 31, 84–86, 210, 217n1 ghosts 55–73, 175–176, 190, 218n12 Ghostwriting Modernism 219n13 Gilbert, R.A. 43, 57 Gilman, ...

Author: William Gillard,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476644950


Page: 253

View: 617

Speculative modernists--that is, British and American writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror during the late 19th and early 20th centuries--successfully grappled with the same forces that would drive their better-known literary counterparts to existential despair. Building on the ideas of the 19th-century Gothic and utopian movements, these speculative writers anticipated literary Modernism and blazed alternative literary trails in science, religion, ecology and sociology. Such authors as H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft gained widespread recognition--budding from them, other speculative authors published fascinating tales of individuals trapped in dystopias, of anti-society attitudes, post-apocalyptic worlds and the rapidly expanding knowledge of the limitless universe. This book documents the Gothic and utopian roots of speculative fiction and explores how these authors played a crucial role in shaping the culture of the new century with their darker, more evolved themes.

Cultures of ModernismCultures of Modernism

Ghostwriting Modernism . Ithaca , N.Y .: Cornell University Press , 2002 . Tatar , Maria . Lustmord : Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany . Princeton : Princeton University Press , 1995 . Teal , Laurie . “ The Hollow Women : Modernism ...

Author: Cristanne Miller

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472032372


Page: 267

View: 167

Examining the influences of location on the literary achievements of three modernist women writers, this text shows how the structure and location of literary communities influence who writes, what they write about, and their openness to formal experimentation - and in particular, women writers.

Conceived in ModernismConceived in Modernism

Modernist Fiction. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky ... The Birth of Modernism: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, and the Occult. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University ... Ghostwriting Modernism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, ...

Author: Aimee Armande Wilson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501307140


Page: 160

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Current debates about birth control can be surprisingly volatile, especially given the near-universal use of contraception among American and British women. Conceived in Modernism: The Aesthetics and Politics of Birth Control offers a new perspective on these debates by demonstrating that the political positions surrounding birth control have roots in literary concerns, specifically those of modernist writers. Whereas most scholarship treats modernism and birth control activism as parallel, but ultimately separate, movements, Conceived in Modernism shows that they were deeply intertwined. This book argues not only that literary concerns exerted a lasting influence on the way activists framed the emerging politics of contraception, but that birth control activism helped shape some of modernism's most innovative concepts. By revealing the presence of literary aesthetics in the discourse surrounding birth control, Conceived in Modernism helps us see this discourse as a variable facet rather than a permanent bulwark of reproductive rights debates.

Gender in ModernismGender in Modernism

Ghostwriting Modernism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002. Travers Smith, Hester. Voices from the Void: Six Years' Experience in Automatic Communications. 1919. London: Psychic Book Club, 1954. Thurschwell, Pamela.

Author: Bonnie Kime Scott

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252074189


Page: 872

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Grouped into 21 thematic sections, this collection provides theoretical introductions to the primary texts provided by the scholars who have taken the lead in pushing both modernism and gender in different directions. It provides an understanding of the complex intersections of gender with an array of social identifications.

Literary Ghosts from the Victorians to ModernismLiterary Ghosts from the Victorians to Modernism

... as ably documented by Helen Sword in Ghostwriting Modernism (2002), testifies not to some general outbreak of weak-mindedness or even to the fleeting historical plausibility of those pseudo-explanatory movements, but to an insistent ...

Author: Luke Thurston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136282478


Page: 202

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This book resituates the ghost story as a matter of literary hospitality and as part of a vital prehistory of modernism, seeing it not as a quaint neo-gothic ornament, but as a powerful literary response to the technological and psychological disturbances that marked the end of the Victorian era. Linking little-studied authors like M. R. James and May Sinclair to such canonical figures as Dickens, Henry James, Woolf, and Joyce, Thurston argues that the literary ghost should be seen as no mere relic of gothic style but as a portal of discovery, an opening onto the central modernist problem of how to write ‘life itself.’ Ghost stories are split between an ironic, often parodic reference to Gothic style and an evocation of ‘life itself,’ an implicit repudiation of all literary style. Reading the ghost story as both a guest and a host story, this book traces the ghost as a disruptive figure in the ‘hospitable’ space of narrative from Maturin, Poe and Dickens to the fin de siècle, and then on into the twentieth century.

H D and Modernist Religious ImaginationH D and Modernist Religious Imagination

Early explorations into this domain include Leon Surette's The Birth of Modernism (1993) which argues for the ... seen the field of modernism and religion expand in a number of different directions.69 In Ghostwriting Modernism (2002), ...

Author: Elizabeth Anderson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441139733


Page: 208

View: 359

Exploring the intersection of religious sensibility and creativity in the poetry and prose of the American modernist writer, H.D., this volume explores the nexus of the religious, the visionary, the creative and the material. Drawing on original archival research and analyses of newly published and currently unpublished writings by H.D., Elizabeth Anderson shows how the poet's work is informed by a range of religious traditions, from the complexities and contradictions of Moravian Christianity to a wide range of esoteric beliefs and practices. H.D and Modernist Religious Imagination brings H.D.'s texts into dialogue with the French theorist Hélà ̈ne Cixous, whose attention to writing, imagination and the sacred has been a neglected, but rich, critical and theological resource. In analysing the connection both writers craft between the sacred, the material and the creative, this study makes a thoroughly original contribution to the emerging scholarly conversation on modernism and religion, and the debate on the inter-relation of the spiritual and the material within the interdisciplinary field of literature and religion.

A History of Modernist PoetryA History of Modernist Poetry

Scholes, Robert, and Clifford Wulfman, Modernism in the Magazines: An Introduction (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010). ... Sword, Helen, Ghostwriting Modernism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002).

Author: Alex Davis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316298732



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A History of Modernist Poetry examines innovative anglophone poetries from decadence to the post-war period. The first of its three parts considers formal and contextual issues, including myth, politics, gender, and race, while the second and third parts discuss a wide range of individual poets, including Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, Mina Loy, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore, as well as key movements such as Imagism, Objectivism, and the Harlem Renaissance. This book also addresses the impact of both World Wars on experimental poetries and the crucial role of magazines in disseminating and proselytizing on behalf of poetic modernism. The collection concludes with a wide-ranging discussion of the inheritance of modernism in recent writing on both sides of the Atlantic.

Material Spirituality in Modernist Women s WritingMaterial Spirituality in Modernist Women s Writing

... MA: Harvard University Press, 2000); Helen Sword, Ghostwriting Modernism (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2002); Pamela Thurswell, Literature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880–1920 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ...

Author: Elizabeth Anderson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350063464


Page: 224

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For Virginia Woolf, H.D., Mary Butts and Gwendolyn Brooks, things mobilise creativity, traverse domestic, public and rural spaces and stage the interaction between the sublime and the mundane. Ordinary things are rendered extraordinary by their spiritual or emotional significance, and yet their very ordinariness remains part of their value. This book addresses the intersection of spirituality, things and places – both natural and built environments – in the work of these four women modernists. From the living pebbles in Mary Butts's memoir to the pencil sought in Woolf's urban pilgrimage in 'Street Haunting', the Christmas decorations crafted by children in H.D.'s autobiographical novel The Gift and Maud Martha's love of dandelions in Brooks's only novel, things indicate spiritual concerns in these writers' work. Elizabeth Anderson contributes to current debates around materiality, vitalism and post-secularism, attending to both mainstream and heterodox spiritual expressions and connections between the two in modernism. How we value our spaces and our world being one of the most pressing contemporary ethical and ecological concerns, this volume contributes to the debate by arguing that a change in our attitude towards the environment will not come from a theory of renunciation but through attachment to and regard for material things.