Mina Loy Baedeker:

Scholarly Book for Digital Travelers

By Suzanne W. Churchill, Linda A. Kinnahan, and Susan Rosenbaum

Preamble

These        are suspect places

– Mina Loy, “Songs to Joannes”

The Mina Loy Baedeker charts Loy’s navigation of Italian Futurism, New York Dada, and French and American Surrealism from the 1910s to the 1960s. Providing a Scholarly Book for Digital Travelers, the Loy Baedeker analyzes and interprets her shifting avant-garde affiliations, experiments with genre and media, and geographic migrations.

collection of 3 baedekers booklets

The term “Baedeker” emerged in 1826, when German publisher Verlag Karl Baedeker began to publish travel guides for cities around the world, which included introductions, fold-out maps, travel routes, and information about important sights and destinations, all written by experts. Popularly called “Baedekers,” the guides became best-sellers and were translated into multiple languages (Wikipedia).

cover of Lunar Baedeker and Time-tablesMina Loy, a world-traveler, likely relied on the guides for practical advice. She also drew upon them for imaginative inspiration, adopting the phrase “Lunar Baedeker”—guidebook to the moon—for the two volumes of her writing published in her lifetime:

  • Lunar Baedecker [sic] (Contact Publishing Co., 1923).
  • The Lunar Baedeker & Time-Tables (Jonathan Williams, 1958)

Posthumous collections of her work have used the same title phrase:

  • The Last Lunar Baedeker (Jargon Society, 1982).
  • The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996).

In calling our scholarly book a “Mina Loy Baedeker,” we acknowledge Loy’s ingenious use of innovative forms to navigate real and imagined territory, as well as contemporary readers’ need for a new kind of guidebook for navigating her complex archive. Written and peer-reviewed by expert scholars in the field, the Loy Baedeker is organized chronologically and geographically, following Loy’s movements through time and space. Click on any chapter title to see a grid of its sections: you can read each section consecutively, or navigate your own path based on your own interests and curiosity.

Lunar Baedeker (Contact, 1923) – LB23
Lunar Baedeker & Timetables (Jonathan Williams, 1958) – LBT58
Last Lunar Baedeker (Jargon, 1982) – LLB82
Insel (Black Sparrow Press , 1991) – Insel
Lost Lunar Baedeker (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996) – LLB96
Stories & Essays (Dalkey Archive, 2011) – SE

Loy Studies Timetable

Table of Contents

Loy portrait overlaid on parallax grid

Introduction:
Digital Loy

By Suzanne W. Churchill, Linda A. Kinnahan, and Susan Rosenbaum
Peer Reviewed
members of avant garde in Paris in 1920s

Theories of the Avant-Garde
& En Dehors Garde

By Suzanne W. Churchill, Linda A. Kinnahan, and Susan Rosenbaum
Mina Loy & WC Williams on set of play "Lima Beans"

Courting an Audience:
Loy’s Plays

By Suzanne W. Churchill
Paris map

Surreal Scene:
Paris, 1923-1936

by Susan Rosenbaum

Collection Metadata

Collection Authors
Suzanne W. Churchill
Linda A. Kinnahan
Susan Rosenbaum

Collection Editors
Suzanne W. Churchill
Linda A. Kinnahan
Susan Rosenbaum

Collection Creators

Collection Genres
Criticism
Essay
Collection

Collection Disciplines
Art History
Gender Studies
Literature
History


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            “Baedekers,” the guides became best-sellers and were translated into multiple languages
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