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‘Ezra through the open door’: The Parties of Natalie Barney, Adrienne Monnier and Sylvia Beach as Lesbian Modernist Cultural Production

Joanne Winning

in The Modernist Party

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780748647316
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748684380 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647316.003.0008
‘Ezra through the open door’: The Parties of Natalie Barney, Adrienne Monnier and Sylvia Beach as Lesbian Modernist Cultural Production

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In ‘“Ezra through the open door”: The Parties of Natalie Barney, Adrienne Monnier and Sylvia Beach as Lesbian Modernist Cultural Production’, Joanne Winning explores the extent to which the Friday afternoon/evening parties given by Barney at the Temple de l’Amitié in her pavillon in the rue Jacob and the readings and gatherings hosted by Beach in her bookshop Shakespeare and Company and Monnier in her bookshop La Maison des Amis des Livres can be considered fora of intellectual work and literary productivity, as well as of levity and socialising (a Kantian combination). Drawing on the theories of Pierre Bourdieu, Winning suggests that, where cultural producers are rendered dissident by factors such as their gender or sexuality, the production of party space/time is a potential conduit via which they can define, establish and disseminate intellectual and aesthetic authority and hence shape literary output.

Keywords: Lesbian modernism; Natalie Barney; Adrienne Monnier; Sylvia Beach; Shakespeare and Company; Bookshops; Pierre Bourdieu; Networks; Patronage

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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