A Companion to Emily Dickinson (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to Emily Dickinson (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Martha Nell Smith (editor), Mary Loeffelholz (editor)Paperback

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This companion to America?s greatest woman poet showcases the diversity and excellence that characterize the thriving field of Dickinson studies. Covers biographical approaches of Dickinson, the historical, political and cultural contexts of her work, and its critical reception over the years Considers issues relating to the different formats in which Dickinson?s lyrics have been published ? manuscript, print, halftone and digital facsimile Provides incisive interventions into current critical discussions, as well as opening up fresh areas of critical inquiry Features new work being done in the critique of nineteenth-century American poetry generally, as well as new work being done in Dickinson studies Designed to be used alongside the Dickinson Electronic Archives, an online resource developed over the past ten years

About Author

Martha Nell Smith is Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland. Her numerous publications include three award-winning books Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson s Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson (1998), Comic Power in Emily Dickinson (1993), Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson (1992) the scholarly edition, Emily Dickinson s Correspondences: A Born-Digital Scholarly Inquiry (2008), and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. The recipient of numerous awards for her work on Dickinson and in new media, Smith is also Coordinator and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia. Mary Loeffelholz is Professor of English and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University. She is the author of From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women s Poetry (2004), Experimental Lives: Women and Literature, 1900 1945 (1992), Dickinson and the Boundaries of Feminist Theory (1991), and of a number of essays on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry and culture. She was formerly editor of Studies in American Fiction and is the editor of Volume D, Between the Wars: 1914 1945 in the Norton Anthology of American Literature


Notes on Contributors viii Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Sources xv Acknowledgments xvi Introduction 1 Martha Nell Smith and Mary Loeffelholz Part I: Biography the Myth of the Myth 9 1 Architecture of the Unseen 11 Aife Murray 2 Fracturing a Master Narrative, Reconstructing Sister Sue 37 Ingrid Satelmajer 3 Public, Private Spheres: What Reading Emily Dickinson s Mail Taught me about Civil Wars 58 Martha Nell Smith 4 Pretty much all real life : The Material World of the Dickinson Family 79 Jane Wald Part II: The Civil War Historical and Political Contexts 105 5 Drums off the Phantom Battlements : Dickinson s War Poems in Discursive Context 107 Faith Barrett 6 The Eagle s Eye: Dickinson s View of Battle 133 Renee Bergland 7 How News Must Feel When Traveling : Dickinson and Civil War Media 157 Eliza Richards Part III: Cultural Contexts Literature, Philosophy, Theology, Science 181 8 Really Indigenous Productions: Emily Dickinson, Josiah Holland, and Nineteenth-Century Popular Verse 183 Mary Loeffelholz 9 Thinking Dickinson Thinking Poetry 205 Virginia Jackson 10 Dickinson and the Exception 222 Max Cavitch 11 Dickinson s Uses of Spiritualism: The Nature of Democratic Belief 235 Paul Crumbley 12 Forever is Composed of Nows : Emily Dickinson s Conception of Time 258 Gudrun M. Grabher 13 God s Place in Dickinson s Ecology 269 Nancy Mayer Part IV: Textual Conditions: Manuscripts, Printings, Digital Surrogates 279 14 Auntie Gus Felled It New 281 Tim Morris 15 Reading Dickinson in Her Context: The Fascicles 288 Eleanor Elson Heginbotham 16 The Poetics of Interruption: Dickinson, Death, and the Fascicles 309 Alexandra Socarides 17 Climates of the Creative Process: Dickinson s Epistolary Journal 334 Connie Ann Kirk 18 Hearing the Visual Lines: How Manuscript Study Can Contribute to an Understanding of Dickinson s Prosody 348 Ellen Louise Hart, with Sandra Chung 19 The Thews of Hymn : Dickinson s Metrical Grammar 368 Michael L. Manson 20 Dickinson s Structured Rhythms 391 Cristanne Miller 21 A Digital Regiving: Editing the Sweetest Messages in the Dickinson Electronic Archives 415 Tanya Clement 22 Editing Dickinson in an Electronic Environment 437 Lara Vetter Part V: Poetry & Media Dickinson s Legacies 453 23 Dare you see a soul at the White Heat? : Thoughts on a Little Home-keeping Person 455 Sandra M. Gilbert 24 Re-Playing the Bible: My Emily Dickinson 462 Alicia Ostriker 25 For Flash and Click and Suddenness : Emily Dickinson and the Photography-Effect 471 Marta L. Werner 26 Zero to the Bone : Thelonious Monk, Emily Dickinson, and the Rhythms of Modernism 490 Joshua Weiner Index of First Lines 496 Index of Letters of Emily Dickinson 500 Index 503

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  • ISBN13: 9781118492161
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 544
  • ID: 9781118492161
  • weight: 816
  • ISBN10: 1118492161

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