Mina Loy & Futurism
Here’s a link to my Powerpoint Presentation, “Looking Like a Futurist Poster: Mina Loy & Futurism”.
My title, “Looking like a Futurist Poster,” comes from a letter by Neith Boyce (I think), who used the phrase to describe Loy as she entered a room. I want to recuperate the phrase from its snarky implication that Loy was a poster girl for Futurism. First, Futurist posters avoided objectifying the female body, decrying the nude as a “passeiste” celebration of feminine softness and beauty. So if Loy looked LIKE a Futurist poster, then she was fashioning herself in resistance to the image of a pretty poster girl. Furthermore, if we shift the emphasis to the verb, “LOOKING like a Futurist poster,” then Loy assumes the gaze, looking back at us, defying our habits of seeing and reading, and challenging us to LOOK in new ways.
Check out this handout for comparing Loy’s “Effectual Marriage” as it appeared in the Others anthology of 1917 and in Ezra Pound’s retitled, excerpted, and edited version in 1920:
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