13) Conventional responses to female masculinity are not kind, but this vastation
of male femininity reflects the asymmetry of sexual difference in masculinist culture.
The question drives Harold Bloom to write despairingly: "Nothing is alive in Isabella, and Shakespeare will not tell us why and how she has suffered such a vastation
The desolation inherent in Vastation
is much more than the famous "dark night of the soul" of St.
This is one of Barbara Guest's most singular and sustained contributions to the American avant-garde: a quietist's vastation
and a whispered overthrow.
gives an account of the vastation
in Society the Redeemed Form of Man, published in 1879, three years after The American: "To all appearance it was a perfectly insane and abject terror, without ostensible cause, and only to be accounted for, to my perplexed imagination, by some damned shape squatting invisible to me within the precincts of the room, and raying out from his fetid personality influences fatal to life" (45).
From his black stones, in the latitudes of our vastation
, DeLillo, too, has made a miracle.
But our defining trait is divisiveness, separateness, spiritual vastation
, individual grievance elevated to general grief, exasperating variety heaving tumultuously now and again into exasperating uniformity.
misfortune nobly suffered, of vastation
of soul so irreparable.
In their work as in that of the French and Hispanic surrealists-Char, Michaux, Jimenez, Vallejo and Lorca, among others-Bly sensed the missing water, the unconscious, for lack of which he believed Anglo-American poetry was suffering vastation
And yet in his very own bare ruined choirs, Milan Kundera feels himself beached; and this vastation
he patrols in a canary-yellow Spenglerian doom-buggy.