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Author Preston, Carrie J., author

Title Modernism's mythic pose : gender, genre, solo performance / Carrie J. Preston
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 357 pages) : illustrations
Series Modernist literature & culture
Modernist literature & culture.
Contents Introduction -- The solo's origins: monodramas, attitudes, dramatic monologues -- Posing modernism: Delsartism in modern dance and silent film -- Positioning genre: the dramatic monologue in cultures of recitation -- The motor in the soul: Isadora Duncan's solo dance -- Ritualized reception: H.D.'s antimodernist poetics and cinematics
Summary The ancient world served as an unconventional source of inspiration for a generation of modernists. Drawing on examples from literature, dance, photography, and film, this book argues that a strain of antimodern-classicism permeates modernist celebrations of novelty, shock, and technology. The touchstone of this study is Delsartism - the popular transnational movement which promoted mythic statue-posing, poetic recitation, and other hybrid solo performances for health and spiritual development. Delsartism shaped modernist performances, genres, and ideas of gender
Subject American literature -- Classical influences.
American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Art, Modern -- Classical influences.
Dance -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Modernism (Art) -- United States.
Modernism (Literature) -- United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0199877440 (electronic bk.)
9780199877447 (electronic bk.)
9781283427784 (MyiLibrary)
(cloth alk. paper)