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A Curious PerilH.D.'s Late Modernist Prose$
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Lara Vetter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054568

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054568.001.0001

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Disappearing Bodies in White Rose and the Red

Disappearing Bodies in White Rose and the Red

(p.125) 5 Disappearing Bodies in White Rose and the Red
A Curious Peril

Lara Vetter

University Press of Florida

In her second postwar novel, H.D. creates a layered historical narrative of the wars and uprisings of the mid-nineteenth century; the Crusades of the Middle Ages; and, implicitly, the Second World War and the partitioning of India and Pakistan. A story of Elizabeth Siddall and the Pre-Raphaelites, the novel relies upon the historical backdrop of the Crimean War and the 1857 Sepoy Rebellion in India to destabilize the narrative and to emphasize a series of dismemberments of female bodies. Siddall and India itself are fragmented, abstracted, and aetherialized to the point of nonexistence.

Keywords:   White Rose and the Red, Pre-Raphaelite, body, imperialism, gender

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