My Emily Dickinson

Author: Susan Howe

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811216838

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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With exacting rigor and wit, Howe pulls Dickinson free of all the sterile and stuffy belle-of-Amherst cotton wool and shows the poet in touch with elemental forces of nature, and as a prophet in all her radical zealotry and poetic glory. Her Emily Dickinson is a unique American genius, a demon lover of poetry—no neurasthenic spider artist. Howe draws into her discussion Browning, Wuthering Heights, the Civil War, "Master," the great Puritan preachers, captivity narratives, Shakespeare, and phantom lovers. As she chases away narrow and reductive feminist readings of the poet, Howe finds instead a radically powerful and true feminism at work in Dickinson, focusing the whole on that heart-stopping poem "My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun." A remarkable and passionate poet-on-poet engagement, My Emily Dickinson frees a great poet from the fetters of being read as a special female neurotic, and sets her against a fiery open sky where "Perception of an object means loosing and losing it...only Mutability certain." My Emily Dickinson won The Before Columbus Foundation Book Award.

The Value of Emily Dickinson

Author: Mary Loeffelholz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107083915

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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This is the first compact introduction to Emily Dickinson to focus principally on her poems and their significance to readers. It addresses the question of literary value, considering current controversies over whether Dickinson's writings are best appreciated as visual works or as rhymed and metered poems intended for the ear.

Critical Companion to Emily Dickinson

Author: Sharon Leiter

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438108435

Category: Poets, American

Page: 448

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Examines the life and writings of Emily Dickinson, including detailed synopses of her works, explanations of literary terms, biographies of friends and family, and social and historical influences.

Reading and Interpreting the Works of Emily Dickinson

Author: Audrey Borus

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 0766073459

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

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Emily Dickinson’s words may be well known to students, but they may know very little of her quiet solitary life. This text positions her work within the political climate in which she lived, the culture and expectations for an educated young woman of the day, and discusses what it meant to be a poet during the American Civil War. Through critical analysis of her themes, language, and style and direct quotations from Dickinson’s many correspondences, readers will learn how to think about and understand the works of Emily Dickinson.

Emily Dickinson's Open Folios

Author: Emily Dickinson,Marta L. Werner

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472105861

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 308

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Undertakes a radically new model of critical editing

The New Emily Dickinson Studies

Author: Michelle Kohler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108480306

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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This collection presents new approaches to Dickinson, informed by twenty-first-century theory and methodologies. The book is indispensable for Dickinson scholars and students at all levels, as well as scholars specializing in American literature, poetics, ecocriticism, new materialism, race, disability studies, and feminist theory.