[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,
Stephen
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