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- ISBN: 9781587656958
- ISBN: 1587656957
- Physical Description: 412 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
- Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Salem Press, 2010.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
|Formatted Contents Note:||CAREER, LIFE, AND INFLUENCE: On Emily Dickinson / J. Brooks Bouson -- Biography of Emily Dickinson / Gerhard Brand -- The Paris review perspective / Jascha Hoffman for The Paris review ; CRITICAL CONTEXT: Emily Dickinson and her culture / Elizabeth Petrino -- Major trends in Dickinson criticism / Fred D. White -- Dwelling in possibility: an introduction to Dickinson's poetics / Margaret H. Freeman -- The conscious corpse in Browning, Housman, and Dickinson / Matthew J. Bolton ; CRITICAL THINKING: Dickinson's local, global, and cosmic perspectives / Jane Donahue Eberwein -- Emily Dickinson thinking / Helen Vendler -- Trying to think with Emily Dickinson / Jed Deppman -- The ample word: immanence and authority in Dickinson's poetry / Joanne Feit Diehl -- The irresistible lure of repetition and Dickinson's poetics of analogy / Suzanne Juhasz -- Emily Dickinson: reclusion against itself / Shira Wolosky -- The back story: the Christian narrative and modernism in Emily Dickinson's poems / Nancy Mayer -- Dickinson's death-haunted earthly paradise / Patrick J. Keane -- "Often seen -- but seldom felt": Emily Dickinson's reluctant ecology of place / Christine Gerhardt -- Addresses to a divided nation: images of war in Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman / Faith Barrett -- "The inner brand": Emily Dickinson, portraiture, and the narrative of liberal interiority / Sarah E. Blackwood ; RESOURCES: Chronology of Emily Dickinson's Life / Works by Emily Dickinson / Biography / About the Editor / About "The Paris Review" / Contributors / Acknowledgments / Index.|
|Summary, etc.:||A collection of essays offers a diverse selection of criticism of Emily Dickinson.|
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|Subject:||Dickinson, Emily 1830-1886 Criticism and interpretation|
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These are just three of the many titles in Salem's new "Critical Insights" series, which provides brief treatments of famous works and, in the present case, famous writers. The series is intended for those new to gathering information about literary texts and writers. The authors treated number 17 (at this writing), including the subjects of the books cited here. These are not critical interpretations, though all the editors are scholars (Bouson, professor of English, Loyola Univ., Chicago; Noble, professor emer., English, Univ. of Alabama; Hoppenstand, professor of American culture, Michigan State Univ.). Each title concentrates on the author and authorial influence, offering a brief history of the writer and his or her work, followed by biographical information, critical contexts, critical readings, and other available resources. The critical reading section is the longest in each book, and it includes some excellent selections, given the nature of the series; unfortunately, the editors offer no commentary about the readings or their particular value. Although the titles offer a good overview of writers and their work, coverage is far from expansive; accordingly, these titles should always be used in tandem with other resources. The "Critical Insights" titles on individual writers are appropriate only for inexperienced readers and should be used with guidance from faculty. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates; general readers. C. R. Bloss Auburn University