Writing Back to the Margins: H.D.nulls Prose and the Making of an Outcast
H.D. welcomed the identity of the outcast. She settled in London, distancing herself from America and, in her own words, the "terrible difficulties and discouragements" it presented a female, bisexual writer who wished to operate outside the social and heterosexual norm. As an expatriate, H.D.nulls complex relationship with America is complicated by her focus on the influential power of landscape in HER (1926). HERnulls main character, Hermione, feels alienated within her American landscape, which challenges understandings of H.D. as an outcast abroad and refigures H.D. as an "exile" in her own home. Ultimately, I hope to demonstrate that H.D.nulls modes of creative production were inextricably linked to the modernist idea of the outcast, which she attempted to manufacture for herself in prose by examining her relationship to America, her sexual identity, and her self as a writer. This reconsideration of H.D. provides a fresh approach to reading her Imagist poetry, often analyzed out of the context of her prose oeuvre, and establishes an overlooked connection between H.D.nulls prose and poetry, which explore the shared themes of enclosure, relationship to place, and objectification.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2007
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