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Glorious Eccentrics: Modernist Women Painting and Writing

Glorious Eccentrics: Modernist Women Painting and Writing

by Mary Ann Caws


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This book explores the life and art of seven extraordinary women of the late nineteenth and twentieth century, who had a tremendous if not yet fully acknowledged impact on the modernist movement and its reception. Judith Gautier, Suzanne Valadon, Dorothy Bussy, Dora Carrington, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Emily Carr and Claude Cahun were powerful forces in their various fields. Each lived an unusual life, the eccentricity of which was in large part responsible for its creative intensity. Drawing on much unpublished material, the stories recounted here, often involving very famous men— including Utrillo, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Wagner, Hugo, Rilke, and Gide— show a singular courage and determination. Whether as writers, translators, painters, or photographers, these innovators stood out among their contemporaries as remarkable contributors to modernism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403965950
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/12/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Mary Ann Caws is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature in the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She has held Guggenheim, NEH, and Getty Fellowships, and been the President of the Modern Language Association and the American Comparative Literature Association. Among her many other books, her most recent are: Bloomsbury and France; Picasso's Weeping Woman: the Life and Art of Dora Maar; Robert Motherwell with Pen and Brush; Virginia Woolf; Marcel Proust; Henry James; Pablo Picasso; To the Boathouse: a Memoir; and Surprised in Translation She has edited The Surrealist Painters and Poets, Surrealist Love Poems; Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings; The Yale Book of Twentieth Century French Poetry; and Surrealism.

Table of Contents

Permissions     ix
This is Personal: My Grandmother a Painter     xiii
Acknowledgements     xxi
Orientalist Muse     1
Beyond Model and Mother     23
Translating a Passion     41
Setting Out in the Forest     71
Requiem for a Friend     95
Once Upon a Time...     109
Island of Courage     127
Conclusion: Resistance and Refusal     141
Bibliography     143
Index     147

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