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Modernism's Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, Solo Performance

Carrie J. Preston


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. Derived from nineteenth-century acting theorist François Delsarte and largely organized by women, Dels ... More

Keywords: modernists, antimodern-classicism, Delsartism, mythic statue, François Delsarte, gender, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Charlotte Mew, Lev Kuleshov

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199766260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199766260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carrie J. Preston, author
Boston University, Assistant Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, US

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