Beginning with nineteenth-century newspaper and magazine reviews and ending with more recent studies of the Dickinson manuscripts and current postmodernist, feminist, psychoanalytic, and cultural studies, Fred D. White surveys the major trends in Dickinson criticism and points readers to especially helpful introductory texts.
Margaret H. Freeman offers a close reading of a group of Dickinson's poems to show how experiencing their sound patterns and syntax can inform our understanding of them, as well as how their structuring metaphors demonstrate Dickinson's mental schemata.
Finally, Matthew J. Bolton examines the trope of "the conscious corpse" in poems by Robert Browning, A.
Housman, and Dickinson. Eleven previously published essays are also collected in this volume, offering readers a variety of perspectives on Dickinson through the eyes of some of today's best Dickinson scholars. Helen Vendler, A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University, explores Dickinson's relations to time and eternity through close readings of some of her best-known poems. Jed Deppman demonstrates that Dickinson's poems represent her attempts to think through difficult and contradictory thoughts and invite their reader to join in her thought experiments.
Joanne Feit Diehl examines the power of Dickinson's poetry and her ambivalent relation with linguistic authority and immanence. Suzanne Juhasz analyzes the thematic repetitions in Dickinson's poetics, arguing that they serve a creative and transformative purpose. Shira Wolosky considers reclusion in both Dickinson's life and her work, finding it rooted in the poet's conflicting desire both to protect herself from the world and to protest it. Nancy Mayer engages Dickinson's "flood subject," immortality, to show how she continues to intrigue contemporary readers.
Patrick J. Keane studies Dickinson's complex relations with the natural world and the Christian heaven, concluding that, for her, the transient beauty of the earth is more precious and more human than the eternal, static beauty of heaven. Christine Gerhardt offers an ecocritical reading of a group of poems to contend that Dickinson's poetry is linked to wider nineteenth-century debates about the environment and place. Blackwood examines how Dickinson represents the disjunctions between one's internal and external lives.
Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:. A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Mary Shelley and the critical discussions surrounding her work. This volume is an effort to introduce O'Connor to a new generation of readers by including previously published essays that clarify her religious ideas, her narrative technique, her use of humor, and the regional and social context of her fiction. Critical Insights: George Eliot offers various approaches to George Eliot's material, ranging from her classic novels to her lesser known short stories, journals, and poetry.
This title provides critical approaches to her work with consideration on queerness, George Eliot for children, point of view and experimentation, and her German influences. Other essay topics include working in queer historiography, masculinity studies, adaptation studies, and pedagogy.
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Emily Dickinson: A Collection of Critical Essays by Judith Farr
A selective list of online literary criticism for the nineteenth-century American poet Emily Dickinson, with links to reliable biographical and introductory material and signed, peer-reviewed literary criticism. Karen Ford. Excerpts of literary criticism from scholarly authorities on Dickinson.
Includes a biography of Emily Dickinson and individual discussion of the many of her most famous poems. Modern American Poetry at Univ. Also a selection of her most famous poems, recommended reading, and additional articles about her. The Poetry Foundation. Academy of American Poets. Helen Vendler, interviewed by Christopher Lydon, discussing Dickinson's "bald and chilling" poems.
Radio Open Source 5 Oct. Oates, Joyce Carol. Academic web site. Teacher's Guide contains lesson plans and writing topics. National Endowment for the Arts. Donna Campbell tackles Emily Dickinson FAQs, including what kind of meter she wrote in, why she used the dash, and how one should read Dickinson.
Emily Dickinson at-a-glance. A one page summary of Dickinson's biography, themes, techniques, and questions about selected poems, from Prof.
Mark Canada. Dirda, Michael.
Wineapple, Brenda. Freeman, Margaret H. Also, Letters ; and Poems Literary Encyclopedia , 11 January [subscription service]. The Emily Dickinson Journal.
Literary Analysis of the poetry of Emily Dickinson
Scholarly journal sponsored by the Emily Dickinson International Society. Anderson, Susan M. The Emily Dickinson Journal 2, 1 pp [substantial excerpt, muse].