In the last twenty years, Michael Field has emerged as one of the most fascinating poets of the Victorian era. Through their collaborative partnership as “Michael Field,” Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper engaged in the aesthetic and decadent movements of the fin de siècle, while their poetry and verse drama articulate ideas associated with the New Woman and boldly express queer and lesbian desire. Michael Field: Decadent Moderns extends the focus on these key literary and cultural contexts by emphasizing their continuing significance within twentieth-century literary modernism. Through a series of interdisciplinary essays, this book addresses Michael Field’s energetic engagements with a range of topics including ecology, perfume, tourism, art history, sculpture, formalism, classics, and book history. In doing so, Michael Field: Decadent Moderns highlights the modernity, radicalism, and relevance of their work, both within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as in our own cultural moment.
Contributors: Leire Barrera-Medrano, Joseph Bristow, Jill R. Ehnenn, Sarah E. Kersh, Kristin Mahoney, Catherine Maxwell, Alex Murray, Sarah Parker, Margaret D. Stetz, Kate Thomas, and Ana Parejo Vadillo.
“This impressive and original collection succeeds admirably at addressing previously unstudied work and adopting new approaches and methodologies. It will be of interest not only to those who study Michael Field, but to any scholars of the decades around the turn of the twentieth century.”
Emily Harrington, author of Second Person Singular: Late Victorian Women Poets and the Bonds of Verse
“This volume offers a range of innovative contributions to Field studies and more broadly to the literature and culture of the fin de siècle. The deeply researched essays will broaden readers’ appreciation for both the Fields and the cultural moment in which they lived and worked.”
Jason R. Rudy, author of Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies