The Consolation of Things

domestic objects in H.D.’s writing from the Second World War

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Abstract

This paper analyses the spiritual consolation of domestic objects – Christmas decorations, food, flowers - in the writing of the American writer H.D. The paper asks how H.D.’s engagement with crafting material things formed a spiritual response to the time of crisis in which she wrote her mature poetry and prose. The paper analyses the prose texts The Gift and “Writing on the Wall” as well as the poem “Christmas 1944” whilst also drawing upon archival research into H.D.’s letters of the period as intertexts for the autobiographical writing. The French theorist Hélène Cixous’s writing on the gift forms a framework for considering gift exchange amongst H.D.’s friends as a process of crafting community in the face of trauma. In H.D.’s work ordinary things become extraordinary and create pathways towards healing and consolation.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-82
Number of pages16
JournalLIR.journal
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Consolation
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Gift
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American Writer
Autobiographical Writing
Decoration
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Flower
Food
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Keywords

  • H.D.
  • things
  • war
  • trauma
  • Moravian
  • gift
  • Cixous

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The Consolation of Things : domestic objects in H.D.’s writing from the Second World War. / Anderson, Elizabeth.

In: LIR.journal, Vol. 4, 2015, p. 167-82.

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