[Msa-discuss] Exhibition: Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry (London, 17 - 28 June 2019)

Lise Jaillant l.jaillant at gmail.com
Thu May 9 09:29:41 EDT 2019

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the exhibition "Publishing Modernist
Fiction and Poetry" will soon be open.

Senate House Library holds little-known materials on modernist writers
such as Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Nancy Cunard and
Djuna Barnes. Their experimental texts were published by small presses
and little magazines, but also attracted the attention of larger
commercial book publishers. To gain greater control over the
publication process, Woolf, Stein, Cunard and others created their own
presses and engaged closely with the physical materiality of books. To
mark the release of the edited collection Publishing Modernist Fiction
and Poetry (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), this exhibition focuses
on these fascinating modernist publishers that opened new markets for
fiction and poetry.

>From a mass of little-seen materials in Senate House Special
Collections, Leila Kassir and Lise Jaillant have selected books,
periodicals, correspondence and ephemera relating to three themes: (1)
Women and Publishing; (2) Race and Modernism; (3) Middlebrow and

Among the items on display are letters by Virginia and Leonard Woolf,
rare editions published by Nancy Cunard’s Hours Press, neglected
periodicals and publicity materials. Short videos by experts of
modernism contextualise the exhibition and the material context in
which the new literature first appeared.

The exhibition will be on display from 17th to 28th June 2019 at
Senate House University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU (Room
101, 1st Floor).

Best regards,
Dr Lise Jaillant
AHRC Leader Fellow (2018-2020)

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