[Msa-discuss] Artificial Light in Modernist Literature

Lurie, Peter plurie at richmond.edu
Tue Oct 18 22:33:23 EDT 2011

Hart Crane's _The Bridge_, especially "Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge": "Again the traffic lights that skim thy swift/Unfractioned idiom, immaculate sigh of stars,/Beading thy path--condense eternity:/And we have seen night lifted in thine arms" (ll. 33-36).

There are also plenty in Faulkner: the sign and the lights surrounding it that Jason encounters in The Sound and the Fury; the searchlight and its repeated "flick" in Pylon, as well as the car headlights that illuminate the lake at night; the scene at the cinema in "Dry September."  And a secondary source that discusses some of them, "Neon Light in August: Electric Signs in Faulkner" (William Brevda, Faulkner and Popular Culture, ed. Doreen Fowler and Ann J. Abadie).

On Oct 18, 2011, at 3:38 PM, Stephen Pasqualina wrote:

Could anyone suggest examples from modernist writers—essays, novels, plays, poems, or even letters—in which artificial light figures prominently?

Many thanks,

Peter Lurie
Associate Professor of English and Film Studies
English Department
University of Richmond
Richmond, VA 23173
plurie at richmond.edu<mailto:plurie at richmond.edu>

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