Modernist Women Writers and War: Trauma and the Female Body in Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Gertrude Stein
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Modernist Women Writers and War: Trauma and the Female Body in Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Gertrude Stein

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In Modernist Women Writers and War, Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick examines important avant-garde writings by three American women authors and shows that during World Wars I and II a new kind of war literature emerged -- one in which feminist investigation of war and trauma effectively counters the paradigmatic war experience long narrated by men.

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Hardcover, 170 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Louisiana State University Press
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Goodspeed-Chadwick's first book is a well-balanced scholarly work--appropriately dense yet definitively readable. So much of the criticism we are seeing today is full of jargon and artificial difficulty, but this work makes excellent, critical, and developed points in a way that is comprehensible. This is not to say that the book is under researched or lacks a theoretical background. In fact, the work forges a new theoretical framework by synthesizing previous approaches to trauma studies. It ju...more
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I'd read it if you're doing work on Djuna Barnes's Nightwood, H.D.'s Bid Me to Live or Trilogy, or Gertrude Stein's Lifting Belly, Brewsie and Willie, Wars I Have Seen, or Mrs. Reynolds. I read this book for my thesis and found the interpretations to be original, insightful, and convincing. What I most appreciated about the theoretical framework of the book was its interweaving of current scholarship in trauma studies and women's studies: it was the only secondary source I could find on these wr...more
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