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Making Noise, Making NewsSuffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism$
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Mary Chapman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199988297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988297.001.0001

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Miss Marianne Moore

Miss Marianne Moore

“Bulldoggy” on Suffrage

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(p.114) 4 Miss Marianne Moore
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Making Noise, Making News
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Mary Chapman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988297.003.0004

By piecing together traces of suffrage activism in the archive Marianne Moore left behind—family letters about her suffrage activities; scrapbooks that preserve articles about and photographs of suffrage events Moore attended; Moore’s early poetry on feminist themes or using suffrage imagery; and recently located, never-before-seen, unsigned suffrage propaganda that is clearly authored by Moore—this chapter revises Moore’s reputation as a poet whose works exhibit almost a “total lack of reference to … the real world” by a reading demonstrating her work’s tremendous debt to the rhetoric, discourse, and imagery of the Progressive Era. More specifically, it demonstrates her poetry’s citationality as inspired in part by the quotational discourse of modern suffrage writing. While Moore’s aesthetic experimentation was clearly also influenced by modernist visual art practices, as many have argued, this chapter argues that Moore’s citational poetics, as well as the method, images, and symbols of her early poetry, were also inspired by contemporary suffrage discourse, which she encountered through her suffragist activities.

Keywords:   Marianne Moore, suffrage, poetry, quotation, stenographic transcription, propaganda, modernism, citationality

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