Faculty Book: Mary Ann Caws
Mary Ann Caws
Glorious Eccentrics: Modernist Women Painting, Writing, Resisting
(Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 2006)
This book explores the life and art of seven extraordinary women of the late nineteenth and twentieth century, who had a tremendous if not yet fully acknowledged impact on the modernist movement and its reception. Judith Gautier, Suzanne Valadon, Dorothy Bussy, Dora Carrington, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Emily Carr and Claude Cahun were powerful forces in their various fields. Each lived an unusual life, the eccentricity of which was in large part responsible for its creative intensity. Drawing on much unpublished material, the stories recounted here, often involving very famous men—including Utrillo, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Wagner, Hugo, Rilke, and Gide—show a singular courage and determination. Whether as writers, translators, painters, or photographers, these innovators stood out among their contemporaries as remarkable contributors to modernism. Mary Ann Caws is a distinguished professor of comparative literature, English, and French at The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: DEC 12, 2006
Category: English, Faculty Books