Nancy Cunard: collector, cosmopolitan

Greenshields, Jenny (2016) Nancy Cunard: collector, cosmopolitan. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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Part One of my thesis reads Nancy Cunard (1896-1965) as a modernist collector, situating
her material and literary collections in relation to the vogue nègre of the 1920s and 30s,
when European fascination with black expressive culture reached unprecedented heights.
It also looks at how Cunard’s collecting practices translate into an ‘aesthetic of assemblage’
in her work as an anthologist, and shows how the African sculpture section of her Negro
anthology (1934) reflects the collecting cultures of early twentieth-century Europe.

Part Two of my thesis reads Cunard in relation to cosmopolitan identity formations in the
early twentieth century through an analysis of her poetry and private correspondence, and
the fictional representations of Cunard that appeared in the novels of the period. It also
examines her efforts to foster transnational networks between writers and artists across
America, Europe and Africa, and the role her Communist politics played in forging these

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR0161 By period > PR0401 Modern > PR0471 20th century
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 15:31
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2022 15:49

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