German Cinema, 1920-1930

by Eike Kronshage The beginning of German cinema is very often said to be February 27, 1920: the premiere of Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (cf. Kracauer 65-66; Eisner 17-26; Ott 52). For earlier times it is often stated by critics, that Germany had no film industry of its own (Kracauer 15). As… Continue Reading German Cinema, 1920-1930

Paris: A Poem

by Ruth Gilligan Born in 1887 in Kent and raised in Scotland and South Africa, Hope Mirrlees attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before going to Newnham College, Cambridge, to study Greek. One of her tutors there, prolific classicist Jane Ellen Harrison, soon became Mirlees’s close friend and later collaborator as the two lived… Continue Reading Paris: A Poem

Poems (Wilfred Owen)

by Nathan Suhr-Sytsma Born in 1893 in Oswestry, England, near the Welsh border, Wilfred Owen was killed in battle on Nov. 4, 1918, a week before the First World War ended. He was twenty-five years old. An aspiring poet since his teens, in the last two years of his life Owen produced some of the… Continue Reading Poems (Wilfred Owen)

Storm of Steel

by Kevin Godshall Storm of Steel (In Stahlgewittern), is a book by the German author and veteran Ernst Jünger and is based on the journal entries he wrote during his time as a soldier in World War I. Storm of Steel begins with Jünger’s initial deployment in 1915 and finishes with him being severely wounded… Continue Reading Storm of Steel

“1920 (Mauberley)”

by Edgar Eduardo Garcia Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, published by The Ovid Press in 1920, is commonly referred to as Ezra Pound‘s “farewell to London.”[1] He moved to Paris shortly after its publication. The circumstances of his departure, in combination with the poem’s satirical inveighing of English culture and intellectual life, prompt readings of the poem… Continue Reading “1920 (Mauberley)”

Woolf’s Reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses, 1918-1920

by James Heffernan, Dartmouth College More than twenty years ago, Suzette Henke challenged what was then the reigning view of Virginia Woolf’s response to James Joyce’s Ulysses. To judge this response by Woolf’s most damning comments on the book and its author, Henke argued, is to overlook what she said about it in her reading… Continue Reading Woolf’s Reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses, 1918-1920

The Sacred Wood

by Anthony Domestico Published in 1920, The Sacred Wood solidified T.S. Eliot’s status as one of the preeminent critical voices of his generation.  Containing the canonical “Tradition and the Individual Talent” as well as essays on Ben Johnson, Swinburne, and others, the collection shows Eliot working through a number of his most pressing critical interests:… Continue Reading The Sacred Wood