• Conférence/Rencontre,

Mata Dimakopolou

(National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Publié le 10 février 2016 Mis à jour le 26 avril 2016

Institut du Monde Anglophone, 6 novembre 2015

Singularity, interiority and the question of experience in the early poetry of Djuna Barnes and Mina Loy

Two poets who were recovered by feminist scholars as seminal figures in the shaping of Anglo-American modernism, Mina Loy and Djuna Barnes appear prominently in reappraisals of how sexual difference, a gendered subjectivity, and more recently queerness, confront modernist configurations of subjectivity. This paper proposes to explore how the question of the subject in Loy’s and Barnes’s early work is entwined with discrete attempts to reclaim the order of experience. As Loy’s poetry unsettles the public and programmatic utterances of much avant-garde discourse, Barnes’s allusive and allegorical language creates spaces where strongly personal and individual experiences persist. In Loy and Barnes, the self and the being with, to remember Jean-Luc Nancy, are mediated through affects and encounters that mark the order of the lived. Cryptic grounds of intimacies of different kinds, Barnes’s and Loy’s singular poetics are also poetics of the singularity of existence, and challenge the poetics of impersonality in modernism. 

Respondent: Anne Reynès-Delobel (Université Aix-Marseille)

Mis à jour le 26 avril 2016