Evelyn Scott: the forgotten American modernist

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Title: Evelyn Scott: the forgotten American modernist
Author: Tyrer, Patricia Jean
Abstract: From approximately 1920 -1940 . Evelyn Scott was hailed as one of the leaders of the American modernist movement for her work in poetry , drama , and fiction . Scott's work -consisting of eleven novels (two unpublished ) , two volumes of poetry , a volume of novellas , a biography , several plays , children's books , and numerous poems , short stories , and critical essays - -remains some of the most innovative of the American modernists . Because the modernist period broached new subjects , many of these subjects were best written about by women whose creative works arose from the experiences which occurred in the private sphere -an area of intense investigation for subsequent feminist theorists . The objective of contemporary feminists has been to recover women's modernist experiences through works which represent this private sphere , and this study shows that Evelyn Scott's work is among the foremost of those which should be studied . Evelyn Scott is best remembered as an experimental novelist whose work from the very beginning challenged conventional form . This study fully explores the modernist and cultural aspects of the three novels which compose Scott's trilogy {The Narrow House (1921 ) , Narcissus (1922 ) , and The Golden Door (1925 )} . It is an examination of Scott's literary interpretation of the modern American woman . Further , this study examines how Scott's work expands upon the work of earlier novelists such as Wharton , Chopin , and Gather , and how her work contributes in terms of "newness" in theme , structure , and form to the American modernist period .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /9511
Date: 1998-08


Tyrer, Patricia Jean Evelyn Scott: the forgotten American modernist. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /9511 .

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