[Msa-discuss] Artificial Light in Modernist Literature

Shannon McRae mcrae at fredonia.edu
Tue Oct 18 23:28:09 EDT 2011


As for figuring prominently,  Mina Loy's "Lunar Baedeker:

Delirious Avenues
lit
with the chandelier souls
of infusoria
from Pharoah's tombstones

lead
to mercurial doomsdays
Odious oasis
in furrowed phosphorous---

the eye-white sky-light
white-light district
of lunar lusts

---Stellectric signs
"Wing shows on Starway"
"Zodiac carrousel"

-Shannon McRae



On 10/18/2011 11:02 PM, Jackson, Bob wrote:
> In addition to all these works people are mentioning, you may also want to check out WC Sharpe's NEW YORK NOCTURNE: THE CITY AFTER DARK IN LITERATURE, PAINTING, AND PHOTOGRAPHY, 1850-1950 (Princeton, 2008), which won the MSA book prize a couple years ago, and which deals with urban electrification centrally.  Great book.
>
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> From: msa-discuss-bounces at muse.jhu.edu [msa-discuss-bounces at muse.jhu.edu] On Behalf Of Stephen Pasqualina [spasqual at usc.edu]
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> Subject: [Msa-discuss] Artificial Light in Modernist Literature
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> Could anyone suggest examples from modernist writers—essays, novels, plays, poems, or even letters—in which artificial light figures prominently?
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> Many thanks,
> Stephen
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