Mina Loy (1882-1966)

A selective list of literary criticism for the internationalist modernist poet Mina Loy, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction & biography

"Mina Loy." An introduction to Mina Loy, includes a biography and excerpts of reputable critical discussions of some poems. Cary Nelson, ed. Modern American Poetry (Univ. of Illinois).

"Mina Loy." Contents: Impersonality and Loy's Early Prose, Character, Embodiment, and Becoming Modern in "Feminist Manifesto," Personality and Embodied Identity in Auto-Facial-Construction. Modernism Lab, Yale Univ.

"Mina Loy." A brief introduction to Mina Loy from the Academy of American Poets.

Burke, Carolyn. "Unpublished Epilogue Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy." Author Carolyn Burke discusses her biography of Mina Loy. Interview in Jacket magazine.

Burke, Carolyn. Web site for Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy.


literary criticism

Bronstein, Hilda. "'Intermittent-Unfinishing': Mina Loy and the elusive text as resistance." Conference paper from "Mina Loy: A Symposium," Univ. of London, 11 March 2000.

Tuma, Keith. A review of Roger L. Conover's Mina Loy, "The Lost Lunar Baedeker" (Farrar Straus Giroux 1996). Orig. pub. in Notre Dame Review 1996.

Goody, Alex. "Gender, Authority and the Speaking Subject, or: Who is Mina Loy?" Conference paper from "Mina Loy: A Symposium," Univ. of London, 11 March 2000.

Nicholls, Peter. "'Arid clarity': Ezra Pound, Mina Loy, and Jules Laforgue." Conference paper from "Mina Loy: A Symposium," Univ. of London, 11 March 2000.

Perloff, Marjorie. "English as a 'Second' Language: Mina Loy's 'Anglo-Mongrels and the Rose.'" Mina Loy: Woman and Poet, ed. Keith Tuma and Maeera Schreiber.

Quartermain, Peter. On "Love Songs" / "Songs to Joannes." Also, excerpts from other major critical discussions of the Love Songs, at Modern American Poetry (Univ. of Illinois).

Sheffield, Rob. "Mina Loy in Too Much Too Soon: poetry / celebrity / sexuality / modernity." As Sheffield begins, "In the summer of 1915, Mina Loy was the most scandalous poet in America." Literary Review 46, 4 (Summer 2003) [sub ser, highbeam].

Guide to the Mina Loy Papers. Yale Univ., Beinecke Library.


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