The Birth-Mark / Edition 1

The Birth-Mark / Edition 1

by Susan Howe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819562637

ISBN-13: 9780819562630

Pub. Date: 04/01/1993

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Susan Howe approaches early American literature as pet and critic, blending scholarship with passionate commitment and unique view of her subject. The Birth-mark traces the collusive relationships among tradition, the constitution of critical editions, literary history and criticism, the institutionalized roles of poetry and prose, and the status of gender. Through an…  See more details below

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Susan Howe approaches early American literature as pet and critic, blending scholarship with passionate commitment and unique view of her subject. The Birth-mark traces the collusive relationships among tradition, the constitution of critical editions, literary history and criticism, the institutionalized roles of poetry and prose, and the status of gender. Through an examination of the texts and editorial histories of Thomas Shepard’s conversion narratives, the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson, and the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Howe reads our intellectual inheritance as a series of civil wars, where each text is a wilderness in which a strange and lawless author confronts interpreters and editors eager for settlement. In a concluding interview, Howe comments on her approach and recounts some the crucial biographical events that sparked her interest in early American literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819562630
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Sales rank:
856,302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Submarginalia
Incloser
Quasi-marginalia
The Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
These Flames and Generosities of the Hearts: Emily Dickinson and the Illogic of Sumptuary Values
Talisman Interview, with Edward Foster
Index

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