Jacqueline A. Pollard

Modernisms, Museums, & Mingus

I Need, I Want (new books edition)

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on October 30, 2014

My current must-haves:

Paul Peppis: Sciences of Modernism : Ethnography, Sexology, and Psychology  (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Mary E. Wood: Life Writing and Schizophrenia: Encounters at the Edge of Meaning   (Rodopi, 2013)

Martha Bayless: Sin and Filth in Medieval Culture: The Devil in the Latrine   (Routledge, 2011)

Barry Spur:  Anglo-Catholic in Religion: T. S. Eliot and Christianity (Lutterworth, 2010)

Peppis’s book is right up my alley, and I’m excited to pore over it. Same with Spurr’s text (but it can wait for purchase as the campus library owns it).

Admittedly, I served a bit as research assistant for both Wood and Bayless while they worked on these texts. Their subjects are fascinating, and I’m hungering to see their conclusions.


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Duchamp Takes a Holiday (nudes on tour)

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on October 30, 2014

The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers this flyer in place of Duchamp’s two versions of “Nude Descending a Staircase,” which are in Paris. Thoughts:
(1) lucky paintings
(2) Can’t the museum guarantee these works will be onsite at least half the year? Both versions always seem to be out & about. Which makes me cross.


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Just a Random Shot of Studies by Josef Albers

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on October 29, 2014




Tate Modern
summer 2014

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“Perpetual Angel US”?

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on October 29, 2014

I Performed an MLA search yesterday to see what’s new(ish) with TSE scholarship, and I see this:

Pollard, Jacque. “Perpetual Angel US: Women in T. S. Eliot’s Verse of the 1920s.”  Yeats Eliot Review: A Journal of Criticism and Scholarship, 25.3 (2008): 11-17.

I sent that essay to the journal in 2007, I think, and heard nothing back. I assumed it was simply inadequate. In fact, I don’t recall even receiving a confirmation that anyone at the journal had received the paper. Ah, well.

One quibble: the title appears on the database as “Perpetual Angel US” rather than “Perpetual Angelus” (from “The Dry Salvages”).  Weird.

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T.S. Eliot: Complete Prose online: it’s coming this summer!

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on June 17, 2014

. . .and Project Muse is making it available to individuals as well as institutions.

Some of the finest Eliot scholars, under the direction of Ronald Schuchard, have been working on collecting and editing Eliot’s essays, articles, lectures, reviews . . . and the entire corpus (I think so, anyway) will be published electronically. The collection will consist of eight volumes total, but they’ll be published in sets of two, not all at once. The first two volumes will roll out late July/early August this year.

If you hit Project Muse’s “about” page concerning the project, you’ll see that individuals can access the collection for $90.00 a year if they subscribe by 01/01/1.

I’m so excited.

Update:  it’s spectacular.

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A *Year*?

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on June 16, 2014

Goodness gracious but time–it flies. An actual year since I’ve posted?

I was distracted from my Barnes/Nightwood project because, first, I moved house (I’m a homeowner now!), and I was assigned a full course load. Of course, between these two items, I did little outside of teach and pack/unpack.  What I have done that isn’t work/home related is this: painting. I’ve been producing hard edged abstract paintings like mad for the past six months, so I may well be posting photos of one or two that I think have some kind of merit.

I do plan on restarting the Nightwood annotations shortly. Before I do, I’m traveling to England and to Italy for a few weeks. It’s time to revisit some old friends and favorite spots. I’m away tomorrow, so wish me well!

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TSE — the T. S. Eliot Listserv

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on August 25, 2013

After nearly 20 years of existence, the T. S. Eliot listserv (TSE), sponsored by U of Missouri, remains a viable, vibrant intellectual community. Its members include non-academics, poets, students, tenured academics, retirees, and independent scholars.

If you’d like to question, challenge, argue, or deconstruct Eliot’s poetry, plays, or criticism, know that new voices are always appreciated.

To join the TSE listerv, visit this page.

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Baron Guido, Genuflexion, & the Innere Stadt

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on June 14, 2013

What follows involves, mostly, some playing with the Oxford English Dictionary. The online version of  the Oxford English Dictionary. I also reference page numbers here that belong to the New Directions edition of Nightwood (preface by Jeanette Winterson).

   a. The action of kneeling or bending the knee, esp. in worship.  b. Surg. A forcible bending of the knee as a curative measure in popliteal aneurysm (OED)

“Guido had lived as all Jews do”  A reference to the historical treatment of the Jewish people who, often exiled, ghettoized, and victimized, were branded as “Other” See A History of the Jews, by Abram Leon Sachar (a copy of which belonged to Barnes) for detailed accounts.

Barony  1. The domain of a baron  3. The rank or dignity of baron; the office of Baron of the Exchequer; baronship. 4. The tenure by which a baron held of his superior; military or other ‘honourable’ tenure (OED).

Baron  1. Hist. Originally, one who held, by military or other honourable service, from the king or other superior; afterwards restricted to the former or king’s barons, and at length mostly applied to the greater of these (the Great Barons) who personally attended the Great Council, or, from the time of Henry III, were summoned by writ to Parliament; hence, a lord of Parliament, a noble, a peer. 2 a. A specific order or rank, being the lowest grade of nobility.From the earliest period we find baron distinguished from earl, as the designation of an untitled military tenant; the name may be considered to have itself become a title, as distinct from a description of feudal relationship or of parliamentary privilege, with the creation of barons by patent, which began in the reign of Richard II.  2 b. A magnate in commerce, finance, or the like; a great merchant in a certain commodity, usu. defined by a qualifying word, as beef baron, coal baron. (Cf. king n. 6a) orig. U.S. (OED).

“He adopted the sign of the cross”  At the time of the novel’s opening, Viennese law forbade marriages between Jews and Christians: “for a mixed couple to marry, one of the partners had to convert either to the religion of the other or to the neutral category, Konfessionslos, ‘without religious affiliation’” (Rozenblit 128). The law also points toward the trend for assimilation amongst Jewish Austrians.

Coat of Arms  The coat of arms is described a few pages later, “[i]nto the middle of each desk silver-headed brads had been hammered to form a lion, a bear, a ram, a dove, and in their midst a flaming torch. The design was executed under the supervision of Guido who, thinking on the instant, claimed it as the Volkbein field, though it turned out to be a bit of heraldry long since in decline beneath the papal frown” (Barnes 8).

“One branch of his family had bloomed in Rome” See Nightwood’s earlier reference to the Roman races. See also the comparison of Guido to “certain flowers”

“Her goose-step of a stride”   Goose-step:  Mil.  a. An elementary drill in which the recruit is taught to balance his body on either leg alternately, and swing the other backwards and forwards.  b. A balance step, practised esp. by various armies in marching on ceremonial parades, in which the legs are alternately advanced without bending the knees (OED).

  • Although armies throughout Europe and the East used the Goose-step to varying degrees, the march is most keenly identified with the Prussian military (Davies).

“A house in the Inner City”  The Inner City (Innere Stadt) was a privileged area of Vienna that “housed many aristocrats, and [which] became the home of the richest Viennese” (Rozenblit 73).

The Volkbein home “overlook[s] the Prater, and, essentially, the site of the Viennese ghetto. Vienna’s grand park, the Prater, is located in the zone known as Leopoldstadt, which made up a large part of the ghetto in the seventeenth century. In the 1920s, Jewish writer Joseph Roth wrote that the Leopoldstadt, the home of “immigrant Jewry,” acted as “a sort of voluntary ghetto” (Roth 55).

The Inner City, Vienna

The Inner City, Vienna

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Trying out Google+

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on June 10, 2013

As if I’ve not enough of a social media presence: Jacqueline A. Pollard

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Accounts of Some Strange Disturbances

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on June 6, 2013

I’m sharing here:

There’s a new site that focuses on short supernatural fiction–Accounts of Some Strange Disturbances–that I recommend highly.  The site, created and operated by Steve Luttrell, focuses on critical readings of stories by the likes of Robert Aikman, Edgar Allan Poe, Fritz Lieber, Shirley Jackson, and, of course, HP Lovecraft. If you’re interested in genre fiction, give the site a view.


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