Feminine Projections

  • Alex Goody
Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)


Much existing work on modernism and cinema tends to emphasize particular writers (Joyce, Woolf) and also to foreground the interactions between the avant-garde and early film. In contrast this chapter focuses on popular cinema, on women in the emergence of the star system, and on the discontinuities and excesses in this form of machine amusement that enabled women poets productively to reimagine gendered identity. Reading the work of women such as Gertrude Stein, Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, H.D. and Muriel Rukeyser, this chapter examines how the poetry of women critiques the prosthetic femininities of the Hollywood icon, exposes the class politics of mainstream cinema and searches for a mechanics of individuation in the seemingly disenfranchised space of film and its spectacles of female embodiment.

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  • Alex Goody
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  1. 1.Department of English and Modern LanguagesOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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