Dr. Lana Hartman Landon is an independent scholar and writer. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. She served on the faculties of Vincennes University in Indiana and Bethany College in West Virginia, where she was named outstanding faculty member three times by the student body. She resides in St. Louis, Missouri.
2006 0-7734-5892-1 Modernism encompasses a range of technique, subject matter, and experimentation – some experiments successful, others near misses, but always worthy of attention. Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Mansfield, Willa Cather and Gertrude Stein represent five important points along that range. The purpose in starting with the first books by these authors establishes two arguments. First, these early works elucidate the later, more sophisticated work that follows. Second, the works from the beginning of each woman’s career enhance the understanding of modernism from the inside out; that is, close examination of five writing careers provides more insight into modernism than imposing a generic definition upon them. The purpose of this book is to demonstrate each of these writers has a coherent body of work rather than a successful series of works.