Asphodel

Asphodel

H.D. Robert Spoo / Nov 18, 2019

Asphodel DESTROY H D had pencilled across the title page of this autobiographical novel Although the manuscript survived it has remained unpublished since its completion in the s Regarded by many as one

  • Title: Asphodel
  • Author: H.D. Robert Spoo
  • ISBN: 9780822312420
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • DESTROY, H.D had pencilled across the title page of this autobiographical novel Although the manuscript survived, it has remained unpublished since its completion in the 1920s Regarded by many as one of the major poets of the modernist period, H.D created in Asphodel a remarkable and readable experimental prose text, which in its manipulation of technique and voice c DESTROY, H.D had pencilled across the title page of this autobiographical novel Although the manuscript survived, it has remained unpublished since its completion in the 1920s Regarded by many as one of the major poets of the modernist period, H.D created in Asphodel a remarkable and readable experimental prose text, which in its manipulation of technique and voice can stand with the works of Joyce, Woolf, and Stein in its frank exploration of lesbian desire, pregnancy and motherhood, artistic independence for women, and female experience during wartime, H.D s novel stands alone.A sequel to the author s HERmione, Asphodel takes the reader into the bohemian drawing rooms of pre World War I London and Paris, a milieu populated by such thinly disguised versions of Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, May Sinclair, Brigit Pat, and Margaret Cravens on the other side of what H.D calls the chasm, the novel documents the war s devastating effect on the men and women who considered themselves guardians of beauty Against this riven backdrop, Asphodel plays out the story of Hermione Gart, a young American newly arrived in Europe and testing for the first time the limits of her sexual and artistic identities Following Hermione through the frustrations of a literary world dominated by men, the failures of an attempted lesbian relationship and a marriage riddled with infidelity, the birth of an illegitimate child, and, finally, happiness with a female companion, Asphodel describes with moving lyricism and striking candor the emergence of a young and gifted woman from her self exile.Editor Robert Spoo s introduction carefully places Asphodel in the context of H.D s life and work In an appendix featuring capsule biographies of the real figures behind the novel s fictional characters, Spoo provides keys to this roman clef.

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        An innovative modernist writer, Hilda Doolittle 1886 1961 wrote under her initials in a career that stretched from 1909 to 1961 Although she is most well known for her poetry lyric and epic H.D also wrote novels, memoirs, short stories, essays, reviews, a children s book, and translations An American woman who lived her adult life abroad, H.D was engaged in the formalist experimentation that preoccupied much of her generation A range of thematic concerns resonates through her writing the role of the poet, the civilian representation of war, material and mythologized ancient cultures, the role of national and colonial identity, lesbian and queer sexuality, and religion and spirituality.


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    1. Written in 1921-22 and not published until after H.D's death, this is a shockingly experimental work for its time, and an important text to be added to our understanding of Modernism. We move between POV in mid sentence, fracture and condense thought and experience, and explore issues of female subjectivity and homosocial/homosexual desire. It is a "difficult" work, as speech is often not indicated, nor are speakers, and we move within streams of consciousness without warning. But as readers of [...]


    2. Reading this book felt like walking through a dream. The style is stream-of-consciousness, which honestly usually annoys me to no end. Here, though it's compelling and beautiful and readable and it drew me in. Flowers and Greek mythology abound in this book. And the colors- so many colors!This is an autobiographical story by HD of her time living in Europe before, during and after WWI. She was contemporaries with artists and writers of the time and some of them feature in her story. I was very c [...]


    3. Reading over the blurb for this novel, I'm not sure that the writer really had a good think about what the term "readable" means. To me, it means something that runs along and is kind of average difficulty wise. I'm not saying I'm totally disagreeing with the term readable in the case of this book, because it is exactly that readable. It at least makes sense half the time. This isn't a book to be casually picked up and put down. This book demands attention, it demands time and it demands a whole [...]


    4. I am struggling to actually write what Asphodel is about. Honestly though it feels like doing that is a useless exercise. There is a plot but this is a ‘textured’ novel. Anyway here goes :Hermione is an American who is now living in Paris. Us readers get an insight to her views of European culture and relationships with both men and women, then the same thing happens again except in London.The thing is Asphodel is more about sights and sound being brought out repetition of certain words, cer [...]


    5. To have (or to have not) an alternative (non-normative) sexual/artistic space. Is it possible to separate sexual (dominance/dominating/male/Ezra Pound) and artistic relationships at the turn of the century? What to do about pregnancy when you're a female artist? No answers here; only more questions.


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