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Women's Poetry of the First and Second World Wars

Simon Featherstone

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Women's Poetry of the First and Second World Wars

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This chapter focuses on two writers who are different from Gertrude Stein and from each other, namely Mina Loy and E.J. Scovell, argues that women's war poetry needs a revision of the category of war poetry and showing that its most challenging poems differ from the conventions of male war poetry. It describes the works of Stein, Loy, and Scovell as poetry that expresses an exploratory aesthetics and politics which change through unexpected experiences of wartime change. The chapter also views Stein's war writing as concerned with presenting other possibilities to the obsessions that war has established.

Keywords: women's war poetry; Gertrude Stein; Mina Loy; E.J. Scovell; male war poetry; conventions; wartime change; exploratory aesthetics; war writing; obsessions of war

Article.  7282 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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