A Public History of the Dividing Line: H. D., the Bomb, and the Roots of the Postmodern

  title={A Public History of the Dividing Line: H. D., the Bomb, and the Roots of the Postmodern},
  author={Elizabeth Willis},
  journal={Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory},
  pages={108 - 81}
  • E. Willis
  • Published 27 March 2007
  • Art
  • Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory
This essay explores the entanglements of aesthetic discourse and public policy in the aftermath of America's dropping of the atom bomb. While H. D.'s ”Trilogy”, written in London during the German bombing, has been treated critically as a war poem, the major works that followed-especially ”Helen in Egypt” and ”Tribute to Freud”-offer a far more critical and more nuanced vision of the artist in wartime and in the aftermath of war. Poised at the historical turn from modernism to postmodernism… 

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