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date: 15 June 2024

Loy, Minalocked

Loy, Minalocked

  • Anett Jessop

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Mina Loy, a British-born, naturalized American, was a leading participant in early-twentieth-century literary modernism, notably by employing and disseminating the radical precepts of the continental avant-garde. Trained as a painter in London, Munich, and Paris, Loy developed her radical aesthetic in Florence through association with the futurists. She trafficked with the vanguard of Europe's art centers, and later lived in New York City, where she met the century's preeminent artists and intellectuals. Beautiful, independent, and multitalented—as a painter, poet, novelist, designer, and actress—Loy was ubiquitous through the first two decades of the century, then absent and increasingly forgotten over the last thirty-five years of her career. While she published relatively little during her lifetime, her contributions were acclaimed by modernist heavyweights like Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Yvor Winters, and later, Kenneth Rexroth, her unflagging supporter. Literary critics of the late twentieth century have noted the suppression of powerful female voices from the canon and some of the “lost” women of the modernist avant-garde have been restored.

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  • North American Literatures

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