1st Edition

Mothering Modernity Feminism, Modernism, and the Maternal Muse

By Marylu Hill Copyright 1999
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    This study examines the transformative relationship between Victorian mothers and their modern daughters in the works of six early British modernists (E. M. Forster, Dorothy Richardson, D.H. Lawrence, May Sinclair, Radclyffe Hall, and Virginia Woolf). The emphasis upon a female hero is a significant and largely unremarked similarity in some of the most significant works of these authors. In these novels, the female hero, in order to attain her full potential as an agent of social and artistic changes, must undergo a maturation process that leads from the father's world of language and public action to a new appreciation of the mother's unrecognized, alternative virtues. Exploring the emergence of the young, modern woman as the hero in the works of these formative authors, Hill traces the gendered development of notions of modernity and the negotiation of new forms of mother-daughter relationship at the birth of modernity and modernist art, providing a more richly nuanced understand of the issue of gender in modernism.

    Chapter 1 Introduction: From New Women to Modernists; Chapter 2 “Only Connect”: Mothers, Daughters, And Houses in Howards End; Chapter 3 Getting Back to the Garden: Miriam’s Journey in Pilgrimage; Chapter 4 Redeeming Modernity, Feminizing History: The Regenerative Daughter in The Rainbow; Chapter 5 Honorable Schoolboys, or the New Woman Revisited: Mary Olivier and The Well of Loneliness; Chapter 6 The Mother Lost and Regained: The Voyage Out and To The Lighthouse; Chapter 7 Morphing Mothers and Moderns: The Synchronicity of Orlando;


    Marylu Hill